$2 million satellite program bridges rural digital divide

Access to reliable high-speed satellite Internet just became more affordable for rural and remote British Columbians

VERNON – Access to reliable high-speed satellite Internet just became more affordable for rural and remote British Columbians who don’t have access to traditional broadband service.

Under the BC Broadband Satellite Initiative, a $2 million dollar investment by the B.C. government, remote areas of B.C. where wired or wireless broadband service is not currently available will have more affordable access to the latest satellite Internet technology.

Government has partnered with Xplornet Communications Inc. and local installers to provide qualified British Columbians with funding assistance for up to 50% of installation costs up to a maximum of $250.

The program will benefit residents where satellite technology provides the only option for a high-speed Internet connection.

“We’re excited to be working with the B.C. government and local installers to help bring affordable high-speed satellite Internet to families who would otherwise not be able to take advantage of the benefits of a broadband connection. This new program will help ensure that everyone in B.C. will have access to the opportunities made possible by the Internet,” says Allison Lenehan, president, Xplornet Communications.

The BC Broadband Satellite Initiative is one example of how the B.C. government is partnering with the private sector to help bridge the digital divide. Access to the Internet provides benefits to health, education and economic growth that are vital for the future of B.C. families, businesses and communities.

Today, more than 93 per cent of British Columbians have access to high-speed Internet. The goal is to see every British Columbian with access to high-speed Internet by 2021.

Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada’s largest rural broadband service provider. Xplornet specializes in making high-speed Internet available everywhere in Canada, including the hard to reach places, with Canada’s first national 4G network that leverages a hybrid technology network of fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in space.

To learn more about Network BC visit: www.network.gov.bc.ca

About Xplornet Communications visit: www.xplornet.com