Every house in Canada’s island province will be hooked up with fibre optic internet, the federal government announced earlier this week.
The federal and provincial governments will be jointly investing C$20 million to build high-speed internet infrastructure for the 2,000 underserved homes in Prince Edward Island. Each level of the government will contribute up to C$10 million.
Canada is aiming to connect 98 per cent of Canadians with high-speed internet, defined at 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload, by 2026, and 100 per cent by 2030. P.E.I is looking to reach this target earlier by providing 100 percent connectivity to all the province’s residents by 2025. The actual deployed speed may exceed the throughput expectation set by the government.
As part of the announcement, C$1.5 million will immediately go towards Island Telecom and Xplornet, the chief service providers on the island, to bring high-speed internet to over 1,000 homes in P.E.I., benefiting 56 communities in the province.
Details of the projects will be announced in the coming months.