Saint-Fulgence, July 14, 2021 – Videotron is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Québec, that it has been selected under Canada-Québec Operation High-Speed to connect more than 4,250 households in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region to high-speed Internet by September 30, 2022. The announcement was made today by Pablo Rodriguez, Québec Lieutenant, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and MP for Honoré-Mercier; Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister Responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region and MNA for Chicoutimi; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Québec (high-speed Internet); and Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor.
The homes that will be connected are located in 35 municipalities in the regional county municipalities of Lac-Saint-Jean-Est, Le Domaine-du-Roy, Le Fjord-du-Saguenay, Maria-Chapdelaine and Saguenay. Over the next few months, Videotron will survey the territory to make sure no address is left unserved.
Today, high-speed Internet is considered an essential service. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for Québec’s rural communities to have access to 21st-century digital infrastructure. After a decades-long wait, almost all outlying communities will have access to the same level of service as is available in the big cities. The projects funded under Canada–Québec Operation High Speed are key to Québec’s digital shift. They will make it easier to access telemedicine, distance education, entertainment, online retail and telework.
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The newly connected households will be able to subscribe to Helix, Videotron’s new home entertainment and connected lifestyle experience. Its voice remote capabilities, ultra-smart Wi-Fi and support for home automation will make Helix a welcome addition in many rural Québec households.
In addition, more Quebecers will soon be able to enjoy the best customer experience, at the same price as in the major urban centres. Not only do the households targeted by this project lack access to high-speed Internet, but they are often paying too much for inferior technology. This will end with Videotron’s arrival.
“Whether it’s for doing business in the regions, taking online courses or engaging in leisure activities, access to high-speed Internet is crucial in 2021. The pandemic and telework have revealed significant connectivity shortcomings in the four corners of Québec. I’m very proud of the collaboration between the federal government and the Québec government that will help ensure every Quebecer, including here in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region, has access to high-speed Internet by the fall of 2022.”
Pablo Rodriguez, Québec Lieutenant, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and MP for Honoré-Mercier
“Today’s announcement is very important for the beautiful Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. As a result of the collaboration between our government and Videotron, 4,250 households will have access to Videotron’s reliable, powerful high-speed Internet services by September 2022. Large-scale deployment has begun. We are living up to our commitment. We will be leaders in connectivity.”
Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Québec (high-speed Internet)
“Quebecor and Videotron have had a strong relationship with Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean residents for years. So we are very proud to have been chosen to connect these homes in the region to high-speed Internet. By September 2022, 4,250 more households will have access to the best in telecommunications, with the best service, at the best price.”
Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor
- Operation High Speed is a joint initiative by the governments of Canada and Québec to connect 148,000 households that are still without high-speed Internet. Videotron will be responsible for connecting 37,000 of these homes.
- Videotron will build a fibre optic-based new-generation network that supports speeds well above the 50/10 Mbps required by the government.
- Local residents will have access to Helix, Videotron’s new home entertainment and connected lifestyle experience.
- See the full list of municipalities that will be served by Videotron.
- The new connections include the households that are being connected under the Régions branchées project. Videotron will begin work immediately and the project will be completed by September 30, 2022.
If you live in a currently underserved community and have questions, visit our website to follow the project’s progress.
Videotron, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in television, entertainment, Internet access, wireline telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its Helix home entertainment and management platform. As of March 31, 2021, Videotron was serving 1,459,100 cable television customers and 477,900 subscribers to its Club illico video streaming service. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,807,400 subscribers as of March 31, 2021. As of the same date, Videotron had 1,503,200 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing wireline telephone service to 897,700 Québec households and organizations. Videotron has ranked as Québec’s most respected telecommunications company every year for the past 16 years.
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