Funding Approved for Northern Broadband Expansion

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 14:32



An estimated 37 northern Saskatchewan communities that currently don’t have high speed Internet service will soon be getting it.


The federal government has announced it’s giving the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, the Prince Albert Grand Council and New North 3 million dollars to expand broadband to unserved communities.


Over 100 projects across Canada applied for the funding — only 25 received approval, including the initiative in northern Saskatchewan.


Proponents of broadband expansion say it benefits remote communities by stimulating economic growth and improving access to health and education services.


An official with the PAGC says the expansion will take place over the next few years.