WINNIPEG — Manitoba First Nations will have increased access to high-speed internet through a new joint venture.
Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc. and Broadband Communications North Inc. have partnered with Clear Sky Connections to develop the infrastructure needed to bring internet service to many communities across Manitoba.
The three partners have formed a group called Clear Sky Indigenous Network and are working to acquire provincial and federal funding to take the large-scale fibre project to the next level.
“This important partnership is another step towards connectivity in many of our communities who do not have reliable, affordable internet,” said Chief Nelson Genaille of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation.
“We have been left behind with respect to technology, but today we are looking forward to having the same access to the internet and the technologies and opportunities that come with it,” added Genaille, Clear Sky Connections chairperson.
The first communities could be online as soon as next year if all financial commitments come to fruition.