On Tuesday, the provincial government released a statement on closing British Columbia’s digital divide, by bringing high-speed internet to all residents by 2027.
“We are excited to make this historic announcement that is years in the making, giving people, businesses and communities in every part of BC access to high-speed internet over the next five years,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services, and Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.
According to the province, the StrongerBC Economic Plan aims to make sure everyone in BC has equal and full access to high speed internet in the next five years.
The federal and provincial governments have made a joint record investment of $830 million dollars, bringing high-speed internet to First Nation communities across the province, some for the first time.
“Approximately 115,000 households in rural, remote and Indigenous communities that are still underserved will now have the same digital economic opportunities as larger urban communities.”
The plan addresses inequality and climate change, with a goal of ensuring businesses throughout the province have equal opportunity to participate in the economy, according to the statement.
“Connectivity provides a life-changing opportunity to connect more people and businesses with the services and supports they need to succeed and compete in a global economy,” the release said.
“COVID-19 demonstrated, like never before, the importance of connectivity for well-being, economic growth and building resilient communities. High-speed internet is vital to everyone, especially British Columbians who live in rural and remote communities, as well as Indigenous communities.”