Little Fort to benefit from expanded high-speed Internet service

70 communities, including Little Fort, will benefit from the first eight projects under the Connecting BC Program

More than 70 communities, including Little Fort, will benefit from the first eight projects to be approved under the up to $10 million Connecting BC Program, the B.C. government’s latest investment to expand high speed Internet service to British Columbians in rural and remote areas of the province for learning, training, doing business, finding services and staying connected.

This fulfils the commitment made in Budget 2015-16 and is part of the Province’s strategy to reach the goal of 100 per cent high-speed connectivity before 2021. The first share of grant funding has been awarded to seven Internet service providers stretching from the Kootenays to Gold Bridge to Port Alice.

“With more growth taking place in rural and remote communities, it’s crucial they have access to the world’s most powerful tool to connect, learn, find information and to compete in the global economy,” said Premier Christy Clark. “High-speed Internet service should be available to everyone in the province, and we’re committed to expanding service to every British Columbian.”

The criteria for funding focuses on projects that will expand and upgrade service, especially the cost of ‘last-mile infrastructure access’ which is the connection from the main network line to the individual subscriber, often a barrier to expanding Internet service in rural communities.

“In today’s world, being able to access online services and resources is becoming more and more essential,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Amrik Virk. “This program is part of our commitment to ensure everyone in B.C. has access to high-speed Internet service so they can take advantage of the opportunities in the digital world no matter where they are located.”

This first wave of program grants will fund improvements to network engineering and design and improve equipment and infrastructure such as fibre optic cables, repeaters, radio equipment, towers and network devices.

Connecting British Columbia is a multi-year program administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust and covers the entire province.

A call for applications to the program was made in June 2015.

“Our mandate is to strengthen the economy in many of B.C.’s most rural and remote areas,” said the CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust Janine North. “This program will do just that, providing the infrastructure that’s needed for B.C.’s residents and businesses to have access to and compete in a high-speed digital world.”

To apply for funding, applicants must be legally registered entities such as local or regional Internet service providers; community high-speed Internet organizations; Aboriginal organizations; local governments such as regional districts or municipalities; economic development organizations and registered societies and associations.

Connecting BC Program Projects – Part of Wave 1

Applicant: A.B.C. Allen Business Communications Ltd.

Amount: $2,507,737

Communities / Region: 92 Mile, Bear Lake, Beaverdell, Bridge Lake, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Green Lake, Hixon, Horsefly, Lac La Hache, Little Fort, Lumby, Prince George, Quesnel, Rock Creek, Sinkut Description: Expand network, new radio transmission technology, provide service to nearly 13,000 households in central and northern B.C.

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