Doug Ford is on a mission to connect Ontario with decent broadband and cellphone service within the next 5 years. The Ontario internet and cell service project is set to cost about $315 million. It will service up to 220,000 homes and businesses in rural Ontario which are currently without reliable service.
Ontario's Broadband and Cellular Action Plan aims to invest in the earliest stages of broadband and cellular infrastructure in remote communities as early as 2020-2021. The initial cost of this is set to begin at $150 million.
The Action Plan states that the goal is for "Ontario to have internet and mobile connections at home, at work, and along major highways."It goes on to state, "These investments will leverage funding from the private sector and other levels of government to directly generate up to $1 billion in total investment over five years. This will lead to community and economic benefits well beyond our investment."
Global News reported that “twelve percent of Ontario communities don’t have access to fast, reliable and affordable internet and cell service.”This will change the quality of life in remote communities for the better. "For Ontario businesses, a high-speed connection means increased productivity, improved product marketing and the ability to reach a wider range of customers. It also means they can hire more people," says the Cellular and Broadband Action Plan.
This anticipated investment is a flourishing opportunity for Ontario businesses. We are staying tuned to this new development under the Ford government.