The Connecting British Columbia Program is a multi-year program. It helps to pay for infrastructure required to deliver high-speed internet connectivity at speeds to at least 5 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up to homes and businesses in rural and remote locales of British Columbia.
The high cost of last mile infrastructure has been identified by communities, regional Internet service providers, community champions and advocates as one of the key barriers to expanding service to citizens in and around rural and remote communities in British Columbia. The Connecting British Columbia Program was created to eliminate last mile barriers, with an allowance for backhaul as necessary, enabling connectivity to more citizens in more parts of British Columbia. This program is the latest in a series of initiatives to connect British Columbians.
- Local or regional (British Columbia) Internet service providers
- Community high-speed Internet connectivity organizations
- Aboriginal organizations
- Local governments such as regional districts or municipalities
- Economic development organizations
- Registered societies and associations
- Equipment and infrastructure including servers, fibre optic cable, repeaters, radio equipment, towers, backup power supplies and network high-speed Internet connectivity devices including upgrades and adaptations
- Engineering and design including network, architecture and systems design and integration
- Customer Premise Equipment used to connect the subscriber’s premises to the Internet service provider’s telecommunications network at a demarcation point. Examples include wiring, modems (DSL, cable, wireless), as well as antennae or other wireless equipment
- One-time labour and installation costs for this project
- Site survey, engineering and design for this project
- GST or HST which is not refundable by CRA as an input tax credit or as a rebate; the portion of the PST which is not refundable by the respective provincial tax authority
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