Federal PCs to Expand Broadband Networks in First Nation Communities

SaskTel and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) have partnered with the Federal Government of Canada to boost Internet services in 68 aboriginal communities.

More than 15,000 students in 89 on-reserve schools will benefit from the move and Canada’s First Nations should see drastic improvement through better online access to matters related to healthcare, learning, business development and banking.

Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification said: “Innovation in schools, including reliable access to the Internet, is an important tool to help First Nation students reach their full academic potential and acquire the knowledge and skills required to compete in today’s labour market.”

SaskTel reports that the $300 million project (also combined with other rural broadband enhancements throughout Saskatchewan), will be completed by 2014 and the Internet connectivity will be “more comprehensive than anywhere else in Canada.”

 

 

 


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