New government funding for high-speed internet in Canada could mean that 98% of the country will be connected in the next six years.
It was announced on November 9 that the federal government is launching its Universal Broadband Fund which will get people online.
Originally the investment was $1 billion but now it's $1.75 billion with the additional funding going towards advancing big, high-impact projects.
when 98% of Canadians are expected to be connected to high-speed internet
With the Universal Broadband Fund, there's $150 million allocated to let projects that are ready to go start right away and $50 million of the total budget set aside for mobile internet projects that benefit Indigenous peoples.
Jobs will also come from this as part of Canada's commitment to create over a million of them.
This investment is expected to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026.
The goal is to allow people to have access to and participate in the digital economy.
Recently, SpaceX was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to bring internet to remote and rural areas of the country.