Industry Minister Tony Clement announced a third round of rural broadband funding on the weekend. Clement announced funding for 21 new projects to connect 30,184 households in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and the Northwest Territories. The Conservative government’s 2009 budget allocated $225 million over three years to extend broadband coverage in rural and remote areas. Funding is being rolled out in installments through the Broadband Canada program. The government said the latest announcement brings the total number of houses to be connected to 250,000. As part of the funding announced on the weekend, 16 companies will receive funding for rural and remote broadband deployment, including Barrett Xplore Inc.; Bell Aliant; Broadband Communications North Inc.; Chatham Internet Access; Saugeen First Nation; Communication-Témiscamingue; Northwestel Inc.; CORE Broadband Inc.; and others.