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Central P.E.I. getting federal funds for internet

Rural communities in central P.E.I. will be getting a piece of federal funding for high-speed internet.

$857,100 will go to four communities

'This important investment will support students and youth in learning and residents in day-to-day life with connected devices,' Wayne Easter says. (Denis Rozhnovsky/Shutterstock)

Rural communities in central P.E.I. will be getting a piece of federal funding for high-speed internet.

Wayne Easter, the Member of Parliament for Malpeque, announced in a written release Tuesday that $857,100 will go to the communities of Union Road, Spring Valley, Malpeque and Indian River to bring new or improved high-speed internet access.

The money is a part of the overall investment of $6 billion in the federal government's 2019 budget through the Connect to Innovate program, which was created to build internet backbones in under-serviced areas across the country.

"This important investment will support students and youth in learning and residents in day-to-day life with connected devices," Easter said in the release.

MP Wayne Easter says the money will help connect more Islanders. (CBC)

Of the over $800,000 in spending on the project, $642,675 will come from the Connect to Innovate program and $214,425 will come from Bell Canada. 

The release said announcements in more communities are expected soon. 

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