Data story: Only 10 per cent of Canada’s Universal Broadband Fund for high-speed internet was awarded to non-profits and cooperatives. Where did the rest go?

Future of Good digs into some of the numbers behind the Universal Broadband Fund, and who will be building broadband infrastructure to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet.

Why It Matters

Funding cooperatively-owned or non-profit telecommunications providers not only brings more competition into the Canadian telecoms industry, but also contributes to community resilience, by allowing communities themselves to make decisions about critical infrastructure that they own.

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Back in 2020, the federal government announced $3.225 billion in funding to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet by the year 2030. The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) – which later received a

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