Digital infrastructures to make life easier for Quebecers:
The leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, Mr. Philippe Couillard, wants to make high-speed and ultra-high-speed Internet access and cellular telephony accessible throughout Quebec’s territory by 2020.
In a second mandate, a QLP government is committed to:
- Appointing a minister of Regions and the Vitality of the Territory that is in particular dedicated to the development of high-functioning digital infrastructures, and create a Bureau of digital infrastructures to coordinate the realization of these projects;
- Increasing to $500M the amounts immediately available with the Quebec BranchéProgram to develop our digital infrastructures and support cellular telephony projects for regions that aren’t served or that are not well served. To do so, we will accelerate the investments of $300M over 5 years that were previously announced and another $200M will be added;
- Drawing inspiration from projects developed in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, these projects could be based on a model that consists of using a non-profit organization to deploy digital infrastructures. Companies that provide the services could have access to these towers to provide services to citizens.
Our objective is clear: by 2020, 100% of citizens will have access to high-speed Internet services and over 90% of them will have access to fixed Internet services with ultra-high-speed broadband with at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloading and 20 Mbps for uploading.
The deployment of the network will also provide Internet access in areas that are remote or low density.