Ford, feds, both promise improved internet

The services would improve rural areas

Premier Doug Ford shakes the hand of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton at the Lucan Area Heritage and Donnelly Museum where he announced that the Ontario government is investing more than $300 million to improve Internet access and cellphone connectivity in rural communities. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press

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Recently, both the Ontario and federal governments announced commitments to improve internet services for rural areas.

Bernadette Jordan, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development, released Rural Opportunities, National Prosperity concurrently with High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy.

And she repeated the government promise to invest $1.7 billion over 13 years.

And Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced $315 million to be spent over the next five years on its Broadband and Cellular Action Plan.

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