Funding to improve rural Internet access



HALIFAX – Rural communities across Nova Scotia will soon have better access to high-speed Internet.

The Liberal government has announced $1.44 million for 22 municipal and community high-speed Internet projects, including the following in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie:

 

  • Sheet Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce - $75,000
  • Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s - $66,922
  • Moser River United Board of Trade - $75,000
  • Moser River Community Hall Association - $75,000

 

The projects receiving funding across Nova Scotia have the potential to add or improve service for up to 5,400 homes and up to 420 businesses and local facilities such as business hubs or parks, community centres, fire halls and emergency shelters.

“There’s no question high-speed Internet access will have a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of the people in this area,” said Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines. “Not only will it improve access to essential services, it will also help local businesses connect to the global market.”

The funding is part of Municipal and Community Rural High-Speed Internet Funding program, which launched last fall. Most projects will be completed within six months.