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Ulukhaktok’s community-owned internet could deliver 10x speeds of Northwestel – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 2019111 Views

Internet Society contributed $20K worth of equipment and training to get community network off ground

Nov 06, 2019

The days of the internet monopoly in Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., are numbered.

A $20,000 investment by a non-profit in the Arctic hamlet will establish a new community-owned and -operated internet service provider as early as next summer.

The speeds on that network would improve by 2021, when the non-profit plans to connect to new low-Earth orbit satellites.

Right now, Northwestel, the territory’s only service provider, offers Ulukhaktok a five megabyte per second download speed in its fastest package. Northwestel announced it also plans to connect to the low-Earth orbit satellites.

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