Spreading Broadband Access to Communities in Victoria County

first_img A new funding agreement between the Municipality of VictoriaCounty and the provincial government will help Nova Scotia keepits lead as one of the most connected provinces. The agreementwill help bring advanced broadband technology and improvedInternet access to more than 20 communities throughout thecounty. The province is investing $100,000 as part of the Victoria Countyproject known as Broadband Solutions for Rural Development. Phaseone of the project will bring DSL broadband technology tocommunities that currently are without high-speed Internetaccess. The province’s investment is being made through matching fundingunder Industry Canada’s Broadband for Rural and NorthernDevelopment (BRAND) pilot program. That program deploys broadbandto unserved or under-served rural communities. “BRAND offers the best option for encouraging other investmentsthat help to extend basic broadband service into rural NovaScotia,” said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “Thatkind of Internet access helps Nova Scotia maintain its status asone of the most connected provinces, so look for us to sign moreagreements for matching BRAND funding in other areas in the nearfuture.” The province has also invested $170,000 in BRAND projects in theStrait area and Cumberland County. The provincial government investment in these three projects hashelped to leverage about $5.9 million from other public andprivate sector funding sources. “The provincial investment will help us complete the first phaseof our plan to make broadband an essential part of ourinfrastructure and an important tool for growing and sustainingour rural economy,” said Wayne Budge, warden, Municipality ofVictoria County. “Our municipal broadband team has been extremely busy preparingto implement the business plan and we are delighted to be able toofficially announce that implementation has begun,” said DanMacNeil, chair and deputy warden, Municipality of VictoriaCounty. The county’s broadband plan includes three phases which areexpected to be completed in three to five years. Phase one of theplan is the BRAND part of the project. Under this phase, Aliantwill set up 11 switches to deploy the technology that will bringhigh-speed access to the Internet to the additional communities. Victoria County is currently hosting Atlantic Canada’s leadinginformation technology conference. The two-day ConnectingCommunities — The Rural Challenge, concludes today, Nov. 9, inBaddeck. “Community leaders and champions from Atlantic Canada and Ontario are sharing ideas and knowledge at this conference on broadbandinfrastructure, applications and engagement,” said Tom Wilson,conference chair and co-ordinator of Victoria County’s broadbandproject. For more information on the BRAND phase of the project, see thecounty’s broadband website at www.connectedcommunities.ca . ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Spreading Broadband Access to Communitiesin Victoria Countylast_img

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