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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2015

Connecting Canadians Program to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural Communities in Tobique-Mactaquac

TOBIQUE-MACTAQUAC – Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, is pleased to announced that nearly 4,000 households in the most rural and remote areas of the riding will soon have access to high-speed internet.

Connecting Canadians is backed by a $305-million commitment in Budget 2014 to expand and enhance access to high-speed broadband networks at speeds of at least five megabits per second. Across Canada, more than 280,000 households will benefit.

“By targeting these more remote areas of Tobique-Mactaquac, more people in homes and small businesses can take advantage of important economic and social benefits such as telehealth, commercial opportunities and distance education,” said Mr. Allen. “Modern websites are often designed for faster speeds and homes and small businesses now have multiple devices that use the Internet at the same time, so this program is highly necessary in our technologically advanced world.”

To be specific, the project will bring broadband Internet to homes in such communities as Aberdeen, Perth-Andover, Bath, Canterbury, New Denmark, Douglas, Drummond, Florenceville-Bristol, Gordonsville, Grand Falls, Hartland, Lorne, Meductic, North Lake, Northampton, Peel, Plaster Rock, Queensbury, Richmond Corner, Saint Mary’s, Saint-André, Simonds, Southampton, Stanley, Tobique, Rural Community of Upper Miramichi, Wakefield, Wicklow, Wilmot and Woodstock.

Construction is to be completed in less than two years, with some areas benefiting as early as the fall of 2016. Subscribers in the riding will pay between $54.99 and $76.45 per month for the ease and convenience of faster and more reliable Internet.

“It’s private sector competition that truly drives increases in broadband speeds, and that’s why I must applaud Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Ltd. and Xplornet Communications Inc. for stepping forward and championing these projects here in Tobique-Mactaquac and across the country,” said Mr. Allen.

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