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(VIDEO): MPP Wilson Looking for Action on Internet Access for Rural Areas

(May 27, 2020) - Ottawa needs to step up and join the province and its partners in delivering improved internet services to rural Simcoe-Grey, says Ontario Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott. Minister Scott was responding to Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson who asked her in the legislature about progress on Up to Speed: Ontario's Broadband and Cellular Action Plan. The program was announced almost a year ago with the intent of expanding broadband and cellular access to rural, remote and northern communities.


"COVID-19 has highlighted the fact that rural internet services are needed more now than ever," said Mr. Wilson.


Speaking on behalf of constituents who have contacted him, Wilson pointed to a Tottenham-area family trying to run two essential businesses from home while, at the same time, their two children are frustrated trying to access e-learning platforms. And, he cited another constituent near Collingwood who questions why internet companies, which are waiving overage fees during the COVID crisis, are not offering the same unlimited data to customers in rural areas.

Minister Scott assured Mr. Wilson of Ontario's commitment to its action plan. She said she is urging the federal government to join the province, municipal and private sector partners in closing the digital divide that the COVID-19 epidemic has brought to the forefront. Minister Scott said more plans will be coming out shortly.


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