Canada budgets further CAD305m for rural broadband

17 Feb 2014

Canada’s federal government has promised an additional CAD305 million (USD277.5 million) over five years to expand and upgrade broadband internet services in rural and Northern communities, reports IT World Canada. Finance minister James Flaherty’s new budget sets a goal of giving 280,000 more rural households access to download speeds of at least 5Mbps, as per a five-year target established in 2011 by the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Ottawa spent CAD225 million in 2010-13 to upgrade services to dozens of communities which previously had either minimal internet speeds or no internet access at all.