Government announces $50M for faster internet
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.