Over $6.5 million to improve high speed access for 16 communities

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Peter L. Smith


Peter L. Smith

WALTHAM & THORNE – Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin and Pontiac MP Will Amos joined MRC Pontiac Warden Jane Toller and other elected officials at the Waltham Municipal Hall, June 30, to announce about $4 million in funding to provide affordable high speed internet to sixteen communities, shared equally by the federal and provincial governments. An additional $2.6 million will be invested by Telebec and Bell Canada, for a total of $6,635,075. A similar announcement was made in Thorne earlier in the day.
In total, 1,425 households will gain access to high speed internet. Communities benefiting from the funding include: Luskville (Plage-Baie-Noire), Norway Bay, Sand Bay, Portage-du-Fort, Ladysmith, Chapeau, Low, Cawood, Cayamant, Thorne, Bristol, Waltham, Chichester, Sheenboro, Rapides-des-Joachims, and Denholm.
All officials spoke about how high speed internet will benefit the Pontiac region as a whole; attracting and retaining investors and residents, improving safety, etc. “This project will help keep companies who require high-speed internet services here and enhance their competitiveness. It will also improve quality of life for families in outlying areas,” stressed Fortin.