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Cortes Island Is A Proposed Recipient For Improved High Speed Internet

By Roy L Hales

The Canadian government believes the internet is an essential service. Over the next three years, the “Connect to Innovate” program will invest $500 million to bring high-speed internet to 300 Canadian rural and remote communities whose existing service does not meet the national standard (50 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload). A local ingredient is the sub-sea fibre optic cable, connecting communities between Prince Rupert and Vancouver, as well as around Vancouver Island.  Victoria Smith, the Strathcona Regional District’s Special Projects and Sustainability Manager, confirmed that Cortes Island is a proposed recipient for improved high speed Internet.

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