Access to reliable high-speed satellite Internet just became more affordable for rural residents in remote areas around Kamloops and other B.C. communities who don’t have access to traditional broadband service.
Melody Wey, a communications manager with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services, told The Armchair Mayor News today that $2-million in provincial funding will help pay for installation costs of satellite service where wired or wireless broadband service isn’t currently available.
Among the eligible areas are Tobiano, Barriere, Upper Clearwater, Thompson Valley and Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area J (Lac le Jeune-Cherry Creek-Tranquille Valley).
“There are pockets of areas all around the province, such as areas on the outskirts of Vernon, Bella Coola, Barriere that will benefit from this program,” Wey said.
She said the program is for those who currently have no high-speed service and have no prospects of getting it by other means.
Under the B.C. Broadband Satellite Initiative, the provincial government has partnered with Xplornet Communications Inc. and local installers to provide residents with funding assistance for up to 50 per cent of installation costs up to a maximum of $250.
About 93 per cent of British Columbians have access to high-speed Internet. The provincial government’s goal is to reach 100 per cent by 2021.