CCSA Members from Manitoba and Ontario to Receive over $7 Million to Extend Rural Broadband Services

QUISPAMSIS (NB), August 15, 2019 – The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance congratulates CCSA members Valley Fiber and Nexicom on being named as the recipients of a combined total of over $7 million from the federal government to bring new or improved high-speed internet access and capacity to rural communities. Valley Fiber, who will receive $6.9 million in funding, will also be contributing $2.3 million of their own investments to extend rural broadband services and Nexicom, who will receive $1 million in funding, will also be contributing $334,600 - for a total investment of over $10 million.

“Valley Fiber and Nexicom, like all CCSA members, are uniquely positioned to help the federal government expand broadband services to rural and remote communities in Canada,” stated Jay Thomson, CEO of the CCSA.  “They have the expertise and the existing networks to most efficiently use these government investments to build broadband services in rural and remote communities.”

The funding received by Valley Fiber and Nexicom is thanks to the top-up by the government to the Connect to Innovate program.  Residents in rural communities in Manitoba and Ontario will have more access to broadband services after these CCSA member companies deploy the investments of more than $10 million.

“This is another step in the right direction in connecting more Canadians to essential broadband services,” continued Thomson. “Our members continue to be ready to implement government funding, in addition to their own investments, in order to connect more Canadians to reliable and affordable services.”

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ABOUT THE CCSA:

The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) represents more than 110 Independent companies providing internet, TV & telephone services across Canada. Those companies serve hundreds of thousands of customers in communities generally outside urban markets, from coast to coast to coast. They include community cooperatives, family businesses, municipalities and companies owned by Indigenous Peoples. They connect hundreds of thousands of Canadians who otherwise might not have access to these critical communications services.  For more information, visit http://ccsaonline.ca. 

Contact:

Cheryl Mangusso

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                   

CCSA                                                                                                

Phone:  (506) 849-1334 ext. 217                                              
Email:  cmangusso@ccsaonline.ca