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McGuinty Government Invests in High-Speed Internet for Rural Southern Ontario

More residents and businesses in rural southern Ontario will soon be in the fast lane with access to high-speed Internet services in their communities.

The province is investing $30 million over the next four years to expand high-speed access to under-serviced communities in rural southern Ontario.

The government is teaming up with municipalities and the private sector to continue closing access gaps in under-serviced areas in rural southern Ontario. High-speed Internet access in rural areas will help stimulate job growth and economic development.

The government is now accepting applications for the Rural Connections Broadband Program. For more information and application documents, interested municipalities can visit www.ontario.ca/rural or call 1-888-588-4111.

Quick Facts

  • In 2007, 18 municipalities received funding under Rural Connections. The investment aimed to bring high-speed Internet access to 200,000 citizens in rural southern Ontario.

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“In today's economy, high-speed is essential for success and growth. This program is an investment in the future prosperity of Rural Ontario and the McGuinty government is eager to help make that prosperity a reality.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“In a global marketplace, new approaches and ways of thinking are needed to grow a prosperous Ontario. The Rural Connections Program works to meet our goal of strengthening digital infrastructure capacity and building the digital skills and literacy Ontarians need to succeed in this new economy.”

Ted McMeekin

Ted McMeekin Minister of Government and Consumer Services

“This investment will give small and medium-sized businesses the ability to grow and compete in markets around the world. It will provide opportunities to participate in the knowledge economy, and foster entrepreneurship and innovation in rural areas.”

Harinder Takhar

Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship



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