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Government announces high-speed internet for nearly 5,400 Montérégie homes

New developments are happening to provide households across the province with accessible high-speed internet. Due to a total investment of $34.7 million, made through the Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, 5,380 households in the Montérégie region will have access to Cogeco high-speed internet services by September 2022. The announcement was made June 7 in a press conference hosted by members of the provincial and municipal governments.

Cogeco will receive $30.6 million to support the deployment of high-speed internet services to 5,380 homes located in 37 municipalities across the Montérégie, including Saint-Chrysostome, Hemmingford, and Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. “After many years of waiting, citizens of the MRC du Jardins-de-Napierville, as well as the municipalities of Sainte-Martine, Saint-Urbain, Saint-Chrysostome, and Lacolle, will finally be able to benefit from access to quality internet service,” says Claire IsaBelle, MNA for Huntingdon, in a press release on the matter. “There is no longer any doubt that in our current society, high-speed internet accessibility is an essential service for businesses, education, and community organizations. Thank you to the entire team at the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, and we congratulate our government on respecting its commitment.”

The total cost of the project is $ 34.7 million. Over the next few weeks, Cogeco will carry out an inventory of the regions to confirm the number of affected households. High-speed internet services are essential in a modern society, and access to efficient, reliable, and affordable internet services is at the heart of the economic and social development of communities. This work, funded by the Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, is a key element in Quebec’s digital shift and will promote access to telemedicine, distance education, entertainment, online sales, and teleworking. (RP)

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