The Government of Canada announced CAD379,000 (USD302,000) in federal funding to bring high speed internet to additional rural residents of Newfoundland & Labrador through the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) alongside investment of CAD1.26 million from Bell Canada. The project aims to connect 1,184 underserved households to high speed broadband in the communities of Goose Cove, Great Brehat, St. Anthony, St. Anthony Bight and St. Carols. Approval for the rollout was fast-tracked within five months of the November 2020 formal launch of the USD1.75 billion UBF. Applications to the UBF were accepted until 15 March 2021, with various projects currently under evaluation. Projects funded under the UBF – alongside other federal and provincial investment schemes in partnership with the private sector – aim to connect 98% of Canadians to high speed internet by 2026 and achieve the national target of 100% connectivity by 2030.