The two telecom giants are requesting nearly $1.15 billion from the Universal Broadband Fund, which has attracted 1,900 applications worth $10.5 billion.
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Data for this year and last show the large telecoms requesting from the broadband funds of the federal and provincial governments and the telecom regulator nearly $100 million.
Bell filed its first fresh provincial lobby registration in months and, as the downUP previously reported, it would inevitably reveal the amount the company obtained in wage subsidy money.
Nunavut's fibre line came under fire for the proposed cost, but it was also uncertainty about striking a deal with the island's largest telecom provider that is driving it to reassess the whole route entirely.
Rogers and Telus received at least $100 million from the emergency wage subsidy program, but layoffs continue.