Bell accelerating rural Internet rollout in response to COVID-19

  • Rolling out broadband Wireless Home Internet service to approximately 137,000 more homes than anticipated by the end of April
  • Keeping Canada connected: Bell team stays ahead of increasing usage by consumers, businesses, governments and first responders with investment in connections and capacity across our networks

MONTRÉAL, April 23, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell today announced that it has accelerated the rollout of its new Wireless Home Internet (WHI) service in rural Canada as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis, and is on track to reach 137,000 more homes than originally planned by the end of this month.

“Bell’s Wireless Home Internet program is dedicated to bringing full broadband Internet speeds to rural communities and other traditionally underserved locations. And with WHI usage growing 40% over the last month, the COVID-19 crisis has clearly underscored the value of the service to customers in smaller communities,” said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. “With the scale of our operations and the depth of our team, Bell is a company uniquely positioned to lead the way in delivering high-speed Internet access to rural Canada. Our accelerated rollout to 137,000 additional rural households in 180 individual communities this month is both an immediate response to COVID-19 and part of our work to connect even more rural Canadians for generations to come.”

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