HALIBURTON, ON – A $71 million funding announcement to improve mobile broadband is being welcomed by a Haliburton MP.

Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale said the money coming from the federal government will go towards the development of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network Mobile Broadband project.

The announcement supports a dual-phase project which has a mandate to build 317 new telecommunications towers and an additional 32 local Internet access points to improve overall mobile coverage for residents of Eastern Ontario.

Schmale said residents and businesses in Eastern Ontario will benefit from improved access to online services.

He also said this proposal will save lives by ensuring cellular access to emergency services in remote areas and improving public safety by connecting all first responders on a dedicated network.