Bringing Ripley and Saugeen First Nation Online
McGuinty Government Helps Rural Families Access High-Speed Internet
High-speed Internet will soon be delivered to 2,675 residents in the Ripley area and Saugeen First Nation, helping to connect families and providing local businesses with new opportunities for economic growth.
Through the Building Broadband in Rural and Northern Ontario program, Huron Telecommunications Co-op Ltd. and Saugeen First Nation #29 will provide the new infrastructure needed to deliver high-speed Internet into homes and businesses.
Investing in local broadband infrastructure is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities for rural and northern Ontario.
- Ontario is providing up to $743,108 to the HuronTel project and $304,500 for the Saugeen First Nation project through the Building Broadband in Rural and Northern Ontario program.
- The HuronTel project will deliver access to high-speed Internet to the Ripley area including parts of Kincardine Township, Huron-Kinross and Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. The Saugeen First Nation project will deliver access to the First Nation Territory near Southampton.
- Ontario's efforts have helped close to 250,000 rural Ontarians get access to a high-speed network since 2007. That number will grow to one million once all projects are completed.
“The McGuinty government is working to build partnerships that bring vital health, education and business services to Ontarians living in rural and remote communities. We're proud to invest in these two projects in Ripley and the Saugeen First Nation because they help our communities prosper and support our province's economy.”
“HuronTel is very excited about this project and what it means for its co-op members. The company has struggled to provide internet access over aging facilities for some time. This initiative will provide the infrastructure that is needed to put our rural residents and business at the forefront of the broadband economy.”