The province has been awarded $20.7 million for two new cable-splitter installations in Victoria and British Columbia.
The $15 million program is aimed at bringing down rates on cable television subscribers.
“The $20M grant is an important step towards bringing the cable-subscriber rate down and towards parity with the cable companies,” said B.c.
Liberal MP Mark Gerretsen.
The two new projects are located in Victoria’s northern city of Kelowna, which has about 20,000 residents, and in British Columbia’s east coast province of B.CA.
Both were funded by the province’s Economic Development Corporation, and will be overseen by a new non-profit agency that was created to oversee the projects.
In British Columbia, which is home to more than 1.5 million people, about 1.2 million cable TV subscribers pay for a service that includes cable and satellite TV.
The province’s cable company, Shaw Communications, is also seeking a $10 million grant to cover some of the costs of upgrading and replacing existing infrastructure.
In Victoria, where Shaw Communications has about 3,200 cable TV customers, there are about 1,500 cable TV and satellite subscribers.
The provincial government has not yet made a decision on whether it will use the $20m in the new grant, but Premier Christy Clark said she was “encouraged” that Shaw would invest in upgrading its network.
In February, the BC Liberal government announced it would spend $30 million on broadband, including a $15-million project to connect 1,000 homes.