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Rural communities to benefit from high-speed internet

Thirteen rural East Kootenay communities will be getting better access to high-speed internet thanks to a grant from the federal government.

The Government of Canada is investing $108 million to improve high-speed internet and mobile connectivity across B.C.

“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of British Colombia has access to reliable high-speed Internet,” said Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings in a release.

“Investments like these help create jobs, improve access to health care and online learning services, enhance safety and keep us connected to our loved ones.”

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Local communities include Baynes Lake, Donald, Elko, Field, Fort Steele, Grasmere, Parson, Skookumchuck, Spillimacheen, Ta Ta Creek, Tie Lake, Tobacco Plains and Wardner.

The federal government’s goal is to connect 98 per cent of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026 and 100 per cent by 2030.

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