QUÉBEC | The Québec government is injecting $ 150 million to fund 66 projects across the province to provide access to high-speed internet service in rural areas, and at prices comparable to those offered in the city.
The projects selected are divided in 11 regions of Québec, namely the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Capitale-Nationale, Mauricie, Estrie, Outaouais, Chaudière-Appalaches, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montérégie and Centre-du-Québec.
They will connect to 60 000 homes and should all be launched in 2022.
The minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, made the announcement on Thursday stressing the importance for these rural areas to have a good connection to the internet during the pandemic.
“Providing access to high-speed internet service reliable in the whole of the population takes on its full meaning when Quebecers rely on it for work of the house, obtain telehealth services, to continue their studies or even do their grocery shopping”, he explained, by issuing a press release.
The company Vidéotron is pleased with the announcement stating that it will build new infrastructure to offer high-speed Internet services in the regions of Charlevoix, Bas-Saint-Laurent, de Memphrémagog, and the Montérégie.
“We intend to offer the best of the best on the market with the same technology, the same price as elsewhere in Quebec. We will go even further by providing them with Helix, our brand new entertainment platform, and management of the connected life,” says its president and chief executive officer of Videotron, Jean-François Pruneau, by way of a press release.
In all, the company will be responsible for connect 9000 homes to its network.