The federal and provincial governments are teaming with the private sector for the expansion and improvement of fixed wireless internet service in rural communities across mainland New Brunswick.
This project includes installing or enabling up to 3,000 km of fibre-optic cable and upgrading existing infrastructure to better connect 170 fixed-wireless towers to the fibre-optic grid.
Once complete, this project will improve fixed wireless internet service to 83,000 rural households and businesses. It will also create new potential for innovation and economic development, helping business owners connect with new markets, allowing for better access to services, and providing students with the ability to broaden their studies.
“Improved broadband coverage is essential for the success of New Brunswickers living and doing business in rural areas. It will allow families to access everyday services, students to access study resources, and first responders to provide better services. It will also allow rural businesses to innovate and compete on the national and international stage. This investment and the cooperation with our partners is life changing for rural New Brunswick,” said Alaina Lockhart, New Brunswick’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism.
The Government of Canada is investing $40 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Communities Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. Xplornet will contribute $63 million and any outstanding project costs.