Vulcan and Cayley are on the list of 26 towns to benefit from a newly announced investment in high-speed internet.

The $96 million investment will connect over 10,000 homes to a high-speed connection.

It's part of a larger $780 million investment from the federal and provincial governments to provide internet infrastructure to rural and remote parts of the province.

Technology and Innovation Minister Nate Glubish was quoted in a provincial release:

“Improving access to high-speed internet is the key to unlocking the potential in these communities across Alberta. I’m happy to note that construction work has begun in some communities. I look forward to continued work with the federal government to connect more communities until we achieve our goal of connecting every single Albertan to high-speed internet by 2027.” 

Among the benefits expected from universal coverage are better access to "telehealth" for over 40,000 Albertans without access to primary healthcare, improved remote education for more than 12,000 students, and up to five per cent GDP growth in the agriculture sector.

The province also describes the project as an economic booster that will inject money into communities and create jobs.

The 26 communities benefiting from the project are:

o Salt Prairie
o Sunset House
o Enilda 
o Joussard
o Kinuso 
o Heart River 
o Gull Lake South 
o Rimbey 
o Viewmar Estates 
o Bluffton 
o Brocket (Piikani Nation) 
o Rainbow Lake 
o Brant 
o Kirkcaldy 
o Cayley
o Carmangay 
o Champion 
o Ensign
o Herronton
o Little Bow Resort
o Mossleigh
o Queenstown
o Travers
o Vulcan
o Lake McGregor Country Estates
o Milo