A new program unveiled by the Government of New Brunswick Thursday aims to improve internet access in rural areas.
The province says the Remote Satellite Internet Rebate Program will be available to homes and businesses in areas that will not benefit from federal upgrades announced in June.
Officials say the rebate program launches at the end of October and covers one-time equipment fees incurred between April 1 and March 31, 2023. Those eligible will be notified by mail.
“Being connected has never been more important than it is now,” said Ernie Steeves, New Brunswick’s finance minister in the news release.
To qualify for the program, the province says satellite services must meet CRTC high-speed standards of at least 50Mbps for downloads and 10Mbps for uploads, with unlimited data.
“This program will close the gap to ensure all New Brunswickers can digitally access the resources and services they need to be productive in their everyday lives,” said Steeves.