Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal, Manitoba Governments to Improve Internet Service to Remote Communities

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal, Manitoba Governments to Improve Internet Service to Remote Communities

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Ottawa, Manitoba to improve remote internet access

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WINNIPEG - The federal and Manitoba governments have announced a project to improve internet service to First Nation, rural and northern communities in the province.

Federal Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says Manitoba has the biggest connectivity gap in the country.

Under the plan, First-Nations-owned Clear Sky Communications will use Manitoba Hydro assets like fibre optic cable networks to expand broadband service to remote areas.

Bains says the project will target 112 communities, including 48 First Nations, many in regions without year-round road access.

The aim is to have the services ready by next year.

Premier Brian Pallister says the project will help unlock the potential of remote communities. …

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