To The Light,

On Oct. 31 I rose in the House of Commons to urge the federal government to share details on its rural broadband expansion plans.

I receive regular updates from communities up and down the shorelines and back roads of Cumberland-Colchester. Progress has been made over the years, but high-speed Internet has stalled in several places. Broadband access is essential for attracting tourists, marketing our products, for students — it’s as important in rural Canada as a subway system is in a large city.

In late August the federal government announced significant investments throughout Nova Scotia in clean water, wastewater and public transit, through the New Building Canada Fund. That program was well-managed and well-received. In my statement in the House of Commons, I encouraged the federal government to take the same approach to rural broadband expansion.

It’s the number one infrastructure issue we hear about in terms of the messages we receives from rural constituents. Last March, the federal government announced an additional $500 million over five years, beginning in 2016-17, for rural broadband expansion.

Bill Casey, M.P.
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