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City and Region Support Improved Rural Broadband Internet Access


The City of Burlington joins the Region of Halton, along with Milton, Halton Hills and Oakville, in strongly supporting the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program applications to improve rural Halton broadband.

We have seen through this pandemic how absolutely vital access to internet is for our community. Businesses need it to survive and grow. Students need it to engage in their studies. And everyone needs it to support mental well-being by staying social and connected at a time when physical visits pose new risks.

The Province has provided a $150-million investment in ICON that has the potential to result in a total investment of $500-million in broadband and cellular coverage when combined with additional partner funding. For the first intake of the ICON program, which closed August 21, 2020, the Region delivered a Halton Rural Broadband webinar and met with telecommunications providers to promote the ICON program and encourage applications.

As I said in the release today, half of Burlington is rural. We proudly support these proposals to ensure everyone in our community has access to broadband coverage no matter where they live, work, play or study.

Read the full release from Halton Region here: ICON media release_Halton Region_Sept 1 2020

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2 thoughts on “City and Region Support Improved Rural Broadband Internet Access”

  1. Ok, but I think Elon Musk is going to beat you to the punch and he will not cost users $500 million. It’s called Starlink. Google it.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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