Gov­ern­ment an­nounces $50M for faster in­ter­net

The Western Star - - Canada -

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has promised to spend nearly $50 mil­lion to im­prove in­ter­net ac­cess in Nunavut where some of the poor­est and most ex­pen­sive ser­vice in Canada has long been con­sid­ered an eco­nomic drag.

In­no­va­tion, Science and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Navdeep Bains made the an­nounce­ment in Iqaluit on Thurs­day as part of a pro­gram to im­prove ac­cess for un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties.

The money is to go to North­wes­tel, a re­gional ser­vice provider. The com­pany is ex­pected to spend an­other $73 mil­lion to build the back­bone satel­lite net­work needed to make higher-speed in­ter­net avail­able in all 25 Nunavut com­mu­ni­ties.

Ev­ery­one from lo­cal users to fed­eral com­mit­tee mem­bers have long iden­ti­fied poor in­ter­net as a ma­jor bar­rier to north­ern de­vel­op­ment.

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