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Liberals bet $100-million on satellites

By Neil Moss      

As Liberals invest in low orbiting satellites for rural broadband coverage, others prefer a focus on fibre.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured Nov. 7, 2017, at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, told the House Industry Committee on May 1 that 'investments in high-speed internet in rural and remote communities is almost a matter of life and death in some cases.' The Hill Times photograph by Andew Meade

As part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s $1.26-billion Strategic Innovation Fund, the Liberal government is investing $100-million over the next five years in low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellite technology to provide broadband access to rural communities where internet is slow, inconsistent, or non-existent, but there are some questioning if fibre optics is a better fix.

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