Upgraded Internet service that will double or triple the speed of current service is being promised to 46 Indigenous and First Nations communities in Saskatchewan.
SaskTel announced the plan today and expects the upgrades to be completed through the remainder of the year through 2018.
“In today’s interconnected world, reliable access to high-speed internet contributes to the economic success of our youth living on reserve and in remote communities,” said Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.
Dustin Duncan, the minister Responsible for SaskTel, acknowledges that access to fast and reliable Internet services creates opportunities for Indigenous people, including access to commerce, employment and education, which otherwise would be out of reach.
SaskTel has commitment to invest $1.4 billion in capital in Saskatchewan over five years beginning in 2016 through to 2021.