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McGuinty Government Helps Rural Families Get Access To High-Speed Internet

High-speed Internet will soon be delivered to Durham Region, better connecting Durham families and the community to new opportunities for economic growth.

With support from Ontario's Rural Connections Broadband Program, this project will provide 14,614 residents and many local businesses and public institutions with the infrastructure needed to access high-speed Internet by April 2012.

 This will enable the local business community to fully participate in the digital economy, improve public access to online services, and help citizens access economic and social development opportunities.

 Investing in local broadband infrastructure is part of the Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and opportunities for rural Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing up to $1 million to the Durham Region project through the Rural Connections Broadband Program.
  • This project is a collaborative effort of the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge; the towns of Ajax and Whitby; the cities of Oshawa and Pickering; and the Municipality of Clarington.
  • Since 2007, more than 250,000 rural Ontarians have access to a high-speed network, and that number will grow to one million once all projects are completed.
  • Broadband combines telecommunications infrastructure and service to deliver more Internet information at speeds far greater than dial-up service.

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“The McGuinty government is working to build partnerships that help bring vital health, education and business services to Ontarians living in rural and remote communities. We are proud to invest in projects that support our province's economy and help our rural communities prosper.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“The construction of a broadband network will help to expand and improve local businesses in Durham Region and the services they offer, as well as connecting family and friends to one another, and boosting our region's economy.”

Roger Anderson

Regional Chair and CEO, Regional Municipality of Durham

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