Nova Scotia is 600 homes away from providing 100 per cent high-speed broadband Internet coverage to the entire province, the provincial government says. Deputy minister for economic and rural development Ian Thompson told a legislative committee Wednesday that the province’s high-speed waiting list is down to 600 and that the province would remain within its budget to provide full coverage. The province committed $19.5 million for its broadband connectivity program. The the federal government contributed $14.5 million and telecom companies Seaside Communications and EastLink allocated $41 million to the network. The province’s former Conservative government initiated the program in 2007, which uses towers and repeater poles to service Nova Scotia’s rural areas. The project was originally scheduled to be completed by 2009. Those without access are scattered throughout the province.