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Rural internet report released

Chris Lowrey
PONTIAC Nov. 22, 2018
In a report on the state of rural internet in Canada, the Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, said the government hasn’t done enough when it comes to improving access to high-speed internet for Canadians.
One of the major criticisms was that Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – the government department that launched the Connect to Innovate fund in 2016 – didn’t maximize the outcome for the money doled out.
The Auditor General said that the department did not mitigate the risk of government funds replacing private sector investment. In other words, Ferguson worries that Canadian taxpayers footed the bill for things private companies were going to spend money on regardless.

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