We have a number of programs, including Broadband Canada.
No, actually, that was the 2009 to 2012 program. Please excuse my error. It is actually the Connecting Canadians program.
This is a $300-million program, which is designed to improve services all across Canada, specifically in rural areas and remote communities.
You are absolutely right. In any sector of the economy, including agriculture, these technologies are necessary. They are also important for families, whether for education, medical services, or anything else. Basically, everything in our lives now depends on Internet service. Through the program, 280,000 people and their households will be connected. It should be complete in 2019.
This is the program in effect at the moment. The most recent budget includes another $500 million. This is for a program that is a little different and will not be focused on a minimum residential speed. Instead, we are talking about connecting communities to a service that can sustain innovation. We are starting to talk about fundamental changes.
We are talking about really big changes. What can that do to a community as opposed to just insuring to that baseline minimum?
Government action is definitely taking place. I think it's important to note that in Canada, the vast majority of the network is built and supported by the private sector. The government role has been focused on filling those niches where the economic model just doesn't make sense. It's incredibly expensive. If you're talking about a remote community, it's difficult to get the service there. If you're talking in an agricultural region, a rural area where the population density isn't high enough, it becomes incredibly difficult to support the network, based on the revenues you would collect from it.