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Current Phase

Projects are currently underway that will deliver reliable, high-speed Internet to 99.5%* of homes and businesses in Nova Scotia. This includes a municipal led project in Pictou County, and a previous independent project in Annapolis County. We believe Nova Scotia will be among the first provinces in Canada to reach this level of coverage.

Since the first Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative projects were announced, more than 62,000** of 92,500 homes and businesses that are part of our agreements with providers now have the network in place to provide new or improved high-speed internet. This means access to connections is now available to @ 90% of homes and businesses. Providers are working to connect the rest as quickly as possible. Through our work, we identified additional underserved and have captured those where possible, bringing us to approximately 102,000 total underserved across the province.

For remaining underserved, the Satellite Internet Service Rebate program will cover the one-time costs for eligible homes and businesses to set-up satellite internet, including hardware, taxes, shipping and installation, up to a maximum of $1,000.

The rebate is available to the approximate 3,700 homes and businesses for which no feasible wired or wireless internet solution has been found.

The program has now expanded to residents and business owners who are not expected to gain access to wired or wireless internet until after December 31, 2023. The expansion is expected to help an additional estimated 2,200 homes and businesses.

To date, the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust has approved a total of $164.7M, leveraging an additional $137.5M from other funders, including $118.5M from the private sector. The province invested an additional $8.5M for the satellite rebate program, through the Trust.

All projects approved to date for funding by the Trust provide at least target speeds required by the CRTC (50 Mbps down/10 Mbps up for wired, 25 Mbps down/5 Mbps up for wireless, with a demonstrated plan to reach 50 Mbps). Many are greatly exceeding these speeds.

** As of June 2022

Overall, it is anticipated that all homes and businesses as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative will have access to improved network by the end of or before 2023. We fully expect that these projects will continue to be completed in stages (as some are complete or nearing completion for example) and many will be done prior to the end of 2023.

With COVID-19 in play, we worked with our Internet Service Providers to review all current projects with an aim to go faster where possible. Some acceleration efforts took place for first round projects with up to $15M available from the Trust as part of the $193M.

We continue to look at options to move all projects forward faster if possible. We will also continue to work to eliminate red tape, speed-up regulatory approvals and ensure better coordination among all of the people working to bring service to your doors.

We are committed to providing access to as close to 100% of Nova Scotian homes and businesses as possible.

Have questions? Need more information?

Please use the form below to reach out to our team. If you are reaching out about a project or potential project in your area, please include your full address, community and postal code.

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