March 29, 2022 - Ottawa-Gatineau - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Today, the CRTC announced that seven projects will receive up to $19.5 million in funding from the Broadband Fund.
The projects will benefit approximately 1,255 households in 10 communities, including seven Indigenous communities, in British Columbia and Alberta.
The Broadband Fund will allocate funds to the following service providers:
- ATG Arrow Technology Group Limited Partnership (Alberta)
- East Shore Internet Society (British Columbia)
- South Kountry Cable Ltd. (British Columbia)
- TELUS Communications Inc. (British Columbia)
With today's announcement, the Broadband Fund has to date committed up to $206 million to improve broadband services for 170 communities, representing approximately 30,405 households.
The funding recipients will have to provide mobile wireless services or fixed broadband Internet access services that either meet the universal service objective or move communities closer to attaining it.
Prior to receiving funding, recipients must complete a statement of work setting out the details of each project, including schedules and costs, which must be approved by the CRTC. It is anticipated that construction for most projects announced today will start in the second half of 2022 at the earliest.
The CRTC is continuing to evaluate the applications submitted under the second call for applications. Further funding announcements will be made as additional projects are approved.