Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

About

Develop Nova Scotia is the Crown Corporation responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to provide high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved Nova Scotians. The Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative strategy will see high-speed Internet access available to at least 95% of Nova Scotia residences and businesses.

Background

Improving rural Internet service is a priority. Having a strong internet network will help our province build places where businesses and people flourish. In 2018, the government placed $193 million in an Internet funding trust to help connect more communities, homes and businesses across the[...]

Improving rural Internet service is a priority. Having a strong internet network will help our province build places where businesses and people flourish. In 2018, the government placed $193 million in an Internet funding trust to help connect more communities, homes and businesses across the province, one of the largest per-capita investments in Internet made by a province. In July, 2018, Develop Nova Scotia became the Crown Corporation responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to bring reliable, high-speed Internet to rural Nova Scotia.

Develop Nova Scotia has created the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative and has taken the first step to find solutions. In December, 2018, we announced a call to organizations interested in providing Internet services in Nova Scotia to pre-qualify to bid on projects across the province. Ten pre-qualified organizations were announced in the spring of 2019. Request for Proposals for projects that could provide connections commencing in 2020 was issued in May, 2019, and closed in June, 2019. Develop Nova Scotia has completed evaluating project proposals and is now in the final stages of negotiating contracts with selected proponents. As contracts are signed, Develop Nova Scotia will provide more information on this website, social media, in the provincial media, and during community events across the province.

An additional 5 pre-qualified organizations were announced in late fall of 2019. They join the 10 previously selected and all will be able to respond to any future RFP’s.

A further call for bids looking for solutions for longer-term projects will be issued once the first round of projects are announced.

Solutions must meet or exceed provincial speed targets of 50 Mbps for wired connections and 25 Mbps for wireless and must evolve with changing technology. Projects will begin in some communities in early 2020.

NEWS

10 Organizations Pre-qualified to Address High-Speed Internet in Nova Scotia

Ten organizations have been qualified and include a mix of small and large companies, as well as municipalities to address rural internet in Nova Scotia.

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Process To Qualify Begins for High Speed Internet Providers

Develop Nova Scotia has launched the first phase of the process to find qualified service providers to enhance and extend reliable, high-speed internet across the province in rural areas.

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New Name, Mandate for Waterfront Development

Waterfront Development Corp. is getting a new mandate to help drive strategic economic development across Nova Scotia. The Crown corporation will now be called Develop Nova Scotia with province-wide responsibility for strategic economic infrastructure and property. Develop Nova Scotia will…

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