More in­vest­ment for high speed In­ter­net com­ing

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAROLYN BAR­BER

The Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment an­nounced it will de­vote $120 mil­lion of the $245 mil­lion that washed ashore to ex­pand­ing high-speed In­ter­net ac­cess to ru­ral ar­eas.

In a March 27 phone call with Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Syd­ney-whit­ney Pier MLA Derek Mom­bour­quette, he con­grat­u­lated Vic­to­ria County War­den Bruce Mor­ri­son and Coun­cil for their per­sis­tence in keep­ing high-speed In­ter­net ac­cess on his radar.

“When I met with War­den Mor­ri­son and Coun­cil back a few months ago, this was one of their num­ber one pri­or­i­ties for the com­mu­nity. They said one of the big­gest bar­ri­ers to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is lack of qual­ity high speed in­ter­net in the com­mu­nity. This in­vest­ment is not only con­sis­tent with what I heard in Vic­to­ria County, but also right across the prov­ince when we went on tour,” said Mom­bour­quette.

It is un­cer­tain how much of the one-time fund­ing will be de­voted to im­prov­ing ac­cess to un­der-ser­viced ar­eas of the county.

“We're work­ing on build­ing the frame­work around how the money will be dis­trib­uted and work­ing with pri­vate part­ners and gov­ern­ments. More de­tails will be re­leased soon.”

Mom­bour­quette said the pri­vate part­ner­ships had not yet been de­ter­mined.

“We're still early days. We've made the com­mit­ment. There’s some pa­ram­e­ters we have to build around the money, but we want to make sure that we do it in a way that helps as many Nova Sco­tians as pos­si­ble ac­cess high speed in­ter­net.”

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