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Province Announces $71-Million for Connectivity

The Province of Ontario has announced $71-million in funding for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network project for improving mobile broadband and curing cellular dead zones.

Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton made the announcement Friday, May 17, first in Roseneath, near Cobourg, and then at the main administration building of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

"This is a matter of public safety and economic opportunity," the Minister said. "We all know of examples where people are put in dangerous positions because of dropped calls or lost connections during emergencies."

The total value of the project is an estimated $213-million and is expected to generate up to 3,000 jobs over 10 years and potential revenues of $420-million.

Learn more about EORN and Improving Mobile Broadband Services in Eastern Ontario on their website. The public-private initiative requires contributions from the federal government as well as private sector and municipal partners. All members of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus, and most municipalities within Eastern Ontario, have committed to contributing the $10 municipal share of the funding.