Connecting Canadians: For Internet service providers (ISPs)
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About the Program—The role of ISPs
Connecting Canadians will help households in rural and remote areas get access to high-speed Internet and participate in the digital economy. The program aims to support investment in up-front costs to extend and enhance broadband service in areas where low population density currently makes this too costly. A wide variety of studies and discussions with stakeholders confirm the need for government funding to help companies make a business case for enhancing their networks. That is why the Government will invest up to $305 million over five years to extend and enhance services to 5 Mbps to a targeted 280,000 households.
The program relies on ISPs to identify projects to expand and enhance service to rural Canadians who have no or slow Internet access. From October 15, 2014, to January 12, 2015, ISPs were invited to submit applications with their proposals for expanded or enhanced networks in areas that do not have access to service at 5 Mbps. The program will provide non-repayable contributions toward the direct costs of selected projects. Conditionally approved projects will be announced starting in spring 2015. ISPs may begin building the proposed infrastructure once contribution agreements are signed.
More details about the program
Connecting Canadians has two components: a rural component that will extend and enhance high-speed Internet service to rural and remote areas across Canada and a northern component that will extend and augment satellite capacity in northern communities in Nunavut and the Nunavik region of Quebec. Each component has a separate, but parallel, application process.
There is no pre-set amount provided through the program. Each contribution is based on the amount needed to successfully complete each proposed project.
Following a detailed review, projects were selected by the Minister of Industry with announcements beginning in spring 2015. After conditionally approved projects have undergone due diligence by Industry Canada officials, a contribution agreement between the Internet service provider (ISP) and the Minister of Industry will be signed.
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