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Northwestel doesn’t want to share its federally-funded internet connection in Nunavut – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201974 Views

The company received federal money to set up faster internet in the territory

Jan 02, 2019

One of Nunavut’s internet providers is making the case to the federal government that it should not have to share a new satellite, which provides faster internet to Nunavummiut, with its competitors.

Northwestel was awarded $49.9 million in September 2017, as part of the the federal government’s Connect to Innovate program. The program funds infrastructure to access the new geostationary satellite, which means it’s parked at about 35,000 kilometres above the surface of the Earth.

This money was nearly 10 per cent of $500-million federal initiative to improve rural internet speeds. The conditions attached require the bandwidth from the satellite be open to other companies to purchase at wholesale prices.

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