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Feds provide $20.6 million for wider broadband access to 43 northern communities

Residents of 43 northern communities in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba can soon expect wider access to broadband serv...


August 24, 2007  


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Residents of 43 northern communities in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba can soon expect wider access to broadband service following an announcement by the Harper government to provide up to $20.6 million to purchase new satellite infrastructure.

The announcement was made today by Lawrence Cannon, federal minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, and Maggie Emudluk, chairperson of the Kativik Regional Government, representing the Northern Indigenous Community Satellite Network (NICSN).

The NICSN involves a partnership among three organizations: the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) in Quebec; the Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC) in Manitoba; and the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Tribal Council (KOTC) in Ontario.

Broadband is a key piece of infrastructure for 21st century communities to help support their economic growth and prosperity,” said Cannon.

This initiative that will provide residents with improved access to a wide range of services and will help stimulate economic development and enhance people’s quality of life. E-health and tele-eduation are just two services this investment will open up.

The federal government is contributing up to $20.6 million, or 75% of the $27.5 million cost, for the procurement of two satellite transponders and the required earth station and local access network upgrades.