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Remote Quebec homes getting high-speed internet access with Elon Musk’s Starlink

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Quebec says it will use the services of Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk to connect thousands of remote homes in the province to high-speed internet by the end of September.

The provincial government said Monday it would invest $50 million to offer about 10,000 remote homes to Starlink satellite internet, which is operated by another one of Musk’s companies, SpaceX.

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The homes are located far from the province’s fiber-optic cable network.

Premier François Legault says high-speed internet is essential because of the rise in remote work and the need to develop the regions outside big cities.

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The government says it’s expecting to reach its goal of providing high-speed access to all Quebecers before September.

Quebec estimates it will spend a total of about $1.3 billion to connect the province to high-speed internet.

 

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