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Communities vote in favour of Hornby and Denman islands high-speed internet initiative

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More than 1,300 households are expected to see their internet speed improve on Hornby and Denman islands after a referendum this past Saturday.

94 per cent of voters were in favour of financing high-speed internet infrastructure.

Voter turnout was 55 per cent.

“I am thrilled to see the community voted in favor,” said Comox Valley Regional District Electoral Area A director Daniel Arbour. “Seeing projects like this come to fruition after years of research and community interest is so amazing. Thank you to the Hornby/Denman internet committee for bringing this issue to light and helping find a community solution with CityWest.”

The expected cost of the project is nearly $7.6 million and 90 per cent would be covered by grants.

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The remaining $760,000 would come from the communities.

The Comox Valley Regional District board will discuss the upcoming stages of the initiative on Dec. 7.

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