More investment for high speed Internet coming
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.”