More Peace communities to get high-speed internet by 2017

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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The Peace Region will have more high-speed internet soon.

The Province is giving Peace Region Internet Society $366,011 to expand regional high-speed Internet service by 2017.

Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Charlie Lake, Cecil Lake, Baldonnel, Pouce Coupe, Arras, Rose Prairie, Blueberry First Nations Reserve, West Doe, Kiskatinaw, South Dawson, Progress, Swam Lake, Grand Haven, and Two Rivers are part of the affected regions.

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Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier says access to online services and resources is becoming more and more essential.

“This program will help Peace residents take advantage of the opportunities in the digital world.”

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm adds on to that sentiment, stating that our day to day lives depend on reliable access to information and services. “Expanding high-speed Internet service will help bring better service for Peace Country families.”

Connecting British Columbia‘ funds this project. The $10-million, multi-year grant program helps pay for the infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet to homes and businesses in rural B.C.

At this moment, 94 per cent of residents in B.C. have access to high-speed Internet; B.C. is on track to meet its goal of 100 per cent high-speed connectivity before 2021.

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