2018-05-09

$6.4 million earmarked for rural internet on South Shore

by Gayle Wilson

Nova Scotia's South Shore-St.Margaret's will be getting $6.4 million under the federal government's Connect to Innovate program for rural internet services, according to the MP for the riding, Bernadette Jordan.

Jordan tweeted out the news May 4 after an announcement in Greenwich by Scott Brison, president of Canada's treasury board, who said the federal government was investing more than $17 million to bring high-speed internet access or faster internet to 64 rural and remote communities and up to 80 institutions in Nova Scotia.

Commenting to LighthouseNOW about her riding's portion, Jordan said, "We know it's about $6.4 million; we don't know where it's going yet. We're waiting for the details and we'll have announcements to make in the next little while."

Jordan said it was "exciting" to think that more than a third of the $17 million coming to the province is earmarked for South Shore-St. Margaret's.

"That's pretty good. I'm pretty happy about it."

However, she acknowledged the infusion of cash won't resolve all the issues surrounding rural internet.

"Sadly, this is not going to solve our problem. But it's going to make a good dent in it. It's a starting point," said Jordan.

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