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Friday, July 25, 2003

 

Canadian broadband news

Canadian broadband news:
"Eves government connects 'smart' communities across Ontario"

The provincial government is spending $17.3 million to help 16 communities develop "community Internet portals that are a one-window access to the region's municipal services, activities and businesses."

Even with the current exchange rate ($1.00 Canadian = 72 cents U.S.) that seems like a lot of money for what these sites will do, but then maybe I'm missing something. More impressive is the note near the bottom of the press release about another program:

"Connect Ontario Broadband Regional Access: COBRA is a three-year $55 million program that provides high-speed telecommunications in rural and Northern Ontario ... COBRA provides the necessary broadband infrastructure for communities to provide web-based services. COBRA encourages public-private partnerships to create the infrastructure for affordable, reliable broadband connectivity to about 80 per cent of Ontario's geographic regions."

Elsewhere,
Yukon government looks to upgrade local microwave links to fiber

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