PRINCE GEORGE – Residents of remote areas in Prince George and the region will soon have faster Internet access, thanks to the B.C. Broadband Satellite Initiative, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris announced today.

The B.C. government is committed to spending up to $2 million to make access to satellite-based high-speed Internet more affordable for British Columbians in remote areas who don’t have access to traditional broadband Internet.

“We know how important it is to be connected, no matter where you live,” Bond said. “Improved access to high speed internet is a concern of many of my constituents and any improvements and support for enhanced service will be welcome.”

“The Internet has dramatically improved our day to day lives, on both professional and personal levels,” Morris said. “If people want to telecommute, obtain an online education, or do research, it’s important that they have the necessary equipment to do so.”

In the region, other communities with residents eligible for the initiative include:

  • McLeod Lake
  • Crescent Spur
  • Dome Creek
  • Dunster
  • Hixon
  • Longworth
  • McBride
  • Penny
  • Sinclair Mills
  • Upper Fraser
  • Valemount
  • Willow River

The program is the result of a partnership between the provincial government, Xplornet Communications and local installers. British Columbians who don’t have traditional wireless or landline broadband solutions available can receive funding assistance of up to 50 per cent of installation and set-up costs, up to a maximum of $250.

Our government’s goal is to see every British Columbian have access to affordable high-speed Internet by 2021.

To learn more about the program, call 1-866-841-6001 or visit Xplornet.com.

To learn more about NetworkBC visit Network.gov.bc.ca.