The government of Canada is investing in internet connectivity in the more rural areas of the province.
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale was on hand at the George Bothwell Library in Regina Friday.
Around $12.5 million is being invested through the Connect to Innovate program to two separate project in Saskatchewan.
One project sees $6.6 million of that funding go to SaskTel, who’s also contributing $7 million. The other $5.9 million will go to a private firm FlexNetworks, also contributing $2 million of their own funds, to improve internet access in the rural areas. A total of 29 Saskatchewan communities will receive the funding, many of them in the southwestern portion of the province.
These investments, said Goodale, allow Saskatchewanians to grow and prosper on multiple levels.
“Suddenly, where you live no longer determines or limits your possibilities,” he noted. “The whole world becomes available and accessible.”
More than just customers are expected to benefit from this, as FlexNetworks Chief Operating Officer Kris Eby stated. With an investment of this nature, he said FlexNetworks not only has a chance to develop their customer base, but also become a considerable player in Saskatchewan network services.
“We fully expect that now it’s going to be able to offer that extended level of broadband services into those communities that they, otherwise, haven’t recognized until today.”