Lights on an internet switch are lit up as with users in an office in Ottawa, on February 10, 2011. Canada???s competition watchdog is inviting public comment about broadband internet providers, including whether there are lessons the can be learned from how other countries manage and regulate their markets. It???s seeking initial submissions by Aug. 31 and aims to publish a final report next year.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Rimbey to receive broadband funding

Rimbey is one of the 50-plus communities set to receive broadband funding from the federal and provincial governments.

On Friday, it was announced $70.6 million of funding will be used to help more than 10,400 homes across Alberta to high-speed internet.

This announcement is part of Alberta’s Broadband Strategy, which is a $390-million commitment over four years to improve access to high-speed internet in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

“Improving access to high-speed internet is one of the most powerful things we can do to support rural, remote and Indigenous communities across Alberta,” said Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta.

“A reliable internet connection unlocks access to the essential services we rely on every day, supporting everything from online learning to better home health care. Today’s announcement is just the first of many to come and represents another step towards our goal of ensuring universal connectivity for all families and businesses in Alberta.”

Together, the governments of Canada and Alberta have committed $780 million to eliminating the digital divide in Alberta.

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