High-speed Internet coming to homes and businesses in the Municipality of the District of Shelburne
- Published: Friday, 07 February 2020 09:58
Shelburne, Nova Scotia, February 7, 2020 - The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is pleased to announce a partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, Develop Nova Scotia and Bell Canada to provide high-speed Internet access to approximately 95% of homes and businesses in communities throughout the Municipality.
"We are absolutely thrilled with today's announcement," said Warden Penny Smith. "Soon every district within the Municipality will have access to high-speed Internet. Being able to provide this superior Internet service will not only be beneficial to our current residents, businesses and institutions, but will also have a direct economic and social impact, attracting new businesses, especially home-based businesses, as well as professionals to the community. Along with our pristine natural environment, safe communities and friendly people, which contribute to our quality of life, we will continue to promote and showcase the Municipality as a great place to work, live and thrive. Persistence and patience have paid off."
The total estimated cost of the project is $5,135,394, with Bell contributing $2,567,696, an investment of $1,427,918 through the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust, as part of Develop Nova Scotia's Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, and the Municipality of the District of Shelburne providing $1,139,780.
The project will provide residences and businesses with direct connections to Bell's all fibre network offering access to Internet speeds up to 1.5 Gbps, the fastest home Internet speeds in the country. Work on the project has already begun and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Develop Nova Scotia is the Crown Corporation responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to provide high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved Nova Scotians. They manage the $193 million placed in an Internet trust fund to connect more communities, homes and businesses across Nova Scotia.