Province introduces satellite Internet program

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The provincial government is introducing a $2-million satellite Internet program, which will provide B.C. residents with additional reliable and affordable access to “the latest satellite Internet technology.”

Satellite Internet is said to be a great option for B.C. residents who live in remote locations with “geographic challenges” that make it tough to receive broadband Internet through “land-based solutions.”

British Columbians who live in remote and rural regions of the province, where there’s no broadband service, are eligible for this program; it’s been labelled as the B.C. Broadband Satellite Initiative.

The B.C. government has collaborated with both Xplornet Communications Inc. and local installers to provide eligible British Columbians with help for up to half of the installation costs, but for a maximum of $250.

If you would like more information on the installations or the program’s eligibility criteria then phone Xplornet Communications toll-free at 1-866-841-6001, or visit their website at www.xplornet.com.

This program is being introduced now because more than 93% of B.C.’s residents are reported to have access to high-speed Internet. The government hopes to increase this stat to a perfect 100% by 2021.

“We’re excited to… help bring affordable high-speed satellite Internet to families who would otherwise not be able to take advantage of the benefits of a broadband connection,” said Allison Lenehan, Xplornet Communications President. “This new program will help ensure that everyone in B.C. will have access to the opportunities made possible by the Internet.”

These opportunities range from health, education, and economic growth benefits, which are vital for the future of B.C.’s families, businesses, and communities.

The Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Andrew Wilkinson, agrees.

“The Internet has become a necessity for 21st century life. Getting all British Columbians online will help expand economic opportunities, connect families and help bring the world to every corner of the province,” Wilkinson said.

 

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