The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today announced a new call for proposals to expand wireless coverage in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
As part of Budget 2019 and through the Regional Development Fund, the Provincial Government is issuing a call for proposals for a cost-shared cellular service pilot initiative, contributing up to a maximum of 25 per cent of project costs towards cellular coverage infrastructure upgrades. The remaining 75 per cent is to be provided by the service provider, in partnership with, municipalities, private ventures, co-operatives, social enterprises and/or regional government partnerships. Details about this latest call for proposals can be found here.
The first round of funding saw the Provincial Government contribute nearly $1.5 million to ten cost-shared agreements, leveraging over $4.4 million from partners.
Support for innovation and technology delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.
“Improvements in cell service infrastructure and internet service are an enabler for economic development, and this new round of funding will allow for even more communities and businesses to be competitive, improve quality of life, and enhance health services and public safety.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
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