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Faster internet speeds coming to area communities, province vows

Ontario has signed agreements with eight service providers and will spend $4 billion to bring more reliable high-speed internet to 339 communities

Several somewhat remote areas surrounding Greater Sudbury will benefit from an Ontario government initiative to bring more reliable high-speed internet to more communities.

The province said in a news release this week that up to 266,000 unserved and underserved homes and businesses will benefit from the initiative. The Doug Ford government has set a goal of connecting “every corner of the province by the end of 2025.”

The $4-billion announcement was made by Infrastructure Minister Kinga Surma.

Agreements signed with eight internet service providers will improve access to as many as 339 municipalities across Ontario. 

Providers were selected through a competitive bidding process.

“This competitive process is the first of its kind in Canada and has led to an unprecedented market response and commitment to deliver high-speed internet connections to communities that have been left underserved until now,” said Michael Lindsay, President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario.

Slated to see improved internet access under the program in this area are the communities of: 

French River, Killarney, Markstay-Warren and St. Charles (Bell Canada); Greater Sudbury (Bragg Communications); West Nipissing (Cogeco Connexion), and; Spanish and the North Shore (Community Network Partners).