REGINA – Some 2,700 homes across 26 communities in northern Saskatchewan now have access to SaskTel’s high speed Internet service as part of the federal government’s Connecting Canadians initiative.
Residents in those remote and rural communities may now sign on for SaskTel’s interNET Connected 5 plan with download speeds of up to 5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1 Mbps. The plan includes unlimited usage, free installation, in-home Wi-Fi, spam and email virus filtering, and 24/7 helpdesk support.
The total cost of the project was approximately $9.9 million and included upgrades in all 26 communities as well as the construction of 89 km of fibre from Cigar Lake to Collins Bay and 9 km of fibre from Dillon to St. George’s Hill. The Connecting Canadians program is contributing $7.42 million in funding to assist in the completion of this project.
“We are pleased to announce the success of this important initiative to bring better service to northern Saskatchewan,” said Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel, in Thursday’s news release. “We welcome future opportunities to work with the Federal Government to improve communications services throughout Saskatchewan so that rural and northern residents may benefit from the opportunities that advanced communications services can provide.”