The state that ranked 47th in the U.S. in broadband speeds and capacity has initiated a program to build more than 3,000 miles of fiber-optic lines throughout the region, at an estimated cost of $324 million. Planners saw that poor broadband put the state at a disadvantage for attracting and growing new job and education opportunities.
The Canadian Government has recently announced investment programs totally more than $1-billion, which have urgent deadlines that involve hundreds of millions of dollars for network infrastructure. Applications for these funds are being made by communities across Canada.
Nova Scotia’s first “Smart Town Hall” was opened by Berwick Mayor Don Clarke on the 200th anniversary of the founding of the town. Mayor Clare stated that “Our new ‘smart technologies’ will help citizens and government alike. Our high-band-width Innovation Hub will jump-start new enterprises, for example, and we anticipate cost savings, operational efficiency, and seamless access to world networks.