First Nations Broadband Project

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NEOnet would like to congratulate Wahgoshing First Nation on their successful implementation of the Community Wireless Network that has brought broadband access to both residential and commercial users. Working with project vendor DVG Systems from Thunder Bay residents and businesses are now enjoying and benefiting from reliable access to high-speed Internet. The project no only brought high-speed Internet access to the entire community but also created two part-time employment opportunities, as the installations, monitoring and maintenance will be done locally.

Mattagami First Nation is one of the communities Bell Canada will be implementing high-speed Internet to the home as part of the CRTC’s Deferral Account initiative. Under the current schedule by the end of 2013 the residents of Mattagami First Nation will have access to high-speed Internet. NEOnet is working hard to move this date forward as access to high-speed Internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity, comparable to telephone access in the home. High-speed Internet is essential from a health, education, safety, economic and community development standpoint.

Matachewan First Nation has been working with NEOnet to develop a solution that will meet the needs of their community. With direction from the community leaders NEOnet has had several conversations with potential project funders and private sector vendors. Without access to high-speed Internet residents are at a significant disadvantage. It is NEOnet’s intention to continue working with Matachewan First Nation to support and assist where we can to bring high-speed Internet to the home.