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Remote communities need help accessing broadband funds


By Ahmad Hathout CONNECTING RURAL AND remote communities isn’t just about deployment, it’s also about helping communities less experienced and able with applications for funding, Canada's Rural & Remote Broadband Conference heard Friday. Accessing funding from the provincial and federal governments has been such an issue for some communities that Innovation Canada instituted a “pathfinder” system to help guide applicants of its $1.75-billion Universal Broadband Fund program, which launched in November. However, to get communities connected to resources (because there are multiple funds available from mutliple agencies and levels of government), there needs to be a multi-level collaboration to ensure...