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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

 

Canada: Ottawa commits $115 million for broadband in Nunavut, other Arctic areas

"Ottawa pledges funds to speed Nunavut communications"

"Alan Rock, Canada's industry minister, announced this week that the federal government will make $155 million available over the next 10 to 15 years to lower the cost of satellite communications in Canada's Far North, Mid-North and other remote regions."

"The Nunavut Broadband Development Corp., or 'NBDC,' a not-for-profit group set up to link Nunavut communities to a broadband network, welcomed Rock's announcement this week. 'Cheaper bandwidth will help us connect all 25 Nunavut communities to each other at prices similar to southern prices - it's one piece of the chain that will see everyone connect in Nunavut,' said Lorraine Thomas, the corporation's project manager, in a news release."

"But the NBDC also says that Nunavut communities need more money to upgrade their on-the-ground infrastructure to prepare the way for broadband. 'It was not originally set up to move large amounts of traffic, such as videoconferencing, and various oral and visual communication tools….' the news release said"


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