TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Que. — The federal and Quebec governments say they will spend $826.3 million to connect nearly 150,000 Quebec households to high-speed internet by September 2022.
The money will be used to subsidize telecommunications companies that will be required to connect all households in specific regions to high-speed internet.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced the funding today in Trois-Rivieres, Que.
Trudeau said in a release that with more people working from home, high-speed internet is more important than ever.
Montreal-based Videotron and Cogeco will each receive more than $200 million in subsidies and will be expected to connect more than 35,000 households each to high-speed internet.
Bell will receive $161.5 million and be expected to connect nearly 31,000 households, while other large participants include Xplornet, Sogetel and Telus.
The Quebec government says that under the plan, high-speed internet will be available to 99 per cent of Quebec households.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 22, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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