The task facing the Quebec company, Vidéotron, is not small: 37,000 homes, 8,500 km of fibre optic cable, and more than 200,000 junctions to adapt or install. The numbers are quite daunting. It should not come as a surprise to learn the company has announced slight delays in bringing high-speed internet the region, with installations starting in the “next few weeks” and extending into December. The Quebec government is aware of the updated timelines. Videotron cites several reasons for the delays, including the lack of skilled labor in the region, the pandemic, and a lack of precision in mapping the homes to be served. Videotron refers to a “historic” and large-scale deployment, and insists “Many homes will be connected before the dates indicated.” The company shared a diagram explaining the different steps to connect businesses and homes, where the main obstacle has been obtaining permits to establish connections. As of today, 92 per cent of permits have been issued and nine per cent of the necessary lines have been modified or built. Videotron is now asking residents in the region to express their interest in being connected to high-speed internet, particularly via their website. The Quebec internet provider has so far received “298 requests from citizens” with an interest in receiving their services. In 2021, the Quebec government established the Operation High Speed (OHV) program to jump-start the connection of hundreds of thousands of Quebec households following a stalled government program previously launched in 2018. The Quebec government website, which reports on the program’s progress, explains that Operation High Speed aims to provide coverage to the 250,000 households in Quebec regions that, despite private initiatives by providers and financial incentives from government programs, still did not have access to such services.