High-speed internet will be a ‘game-changer’ for remote Indigenous communities – Northern Ontario Business
Rapid Lynx project will connect five fly-in First Nations via 700km fibre-optic, long-haul line
Wayne Slipperjack recalled the early days, in the late 1990s, of dial-up internet in Eabametoong First Nation: the telltale crackling as a signal was sent over the phone line, followed by the agonizingly drawn-out wait while a file downloaded.
“It was slow at the time, but we never really complained about it, because we thought, ‘We’ve got internet – it’s good enough,’” said Slipperjack, who now lives in Thunder Bay.
But in an era when everything from commerce to education to health care is conducted online, “good enough” is no longer adequate, and the Matawa First Nations tribal council is now on track to hook up Eabametoong and four neighbouring communities to high-speed internet by 2023.
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