Grant sought for fibre optic cable

  • Dec. 5, 2014 5:00 p.m.

GwaiiTel is applying for a grant to cover 75 per cent of the cost of installing an islands-wide fiber optic cable, ultimately providing Haida Gwaii with reliable high-speed Internet.”We’re talking millions of dollars of money we don’t really have,” said Queen Charlotte deputy mayor Ellen Cranston. “This will have a huge benefit for our islands’ Internet service.”The Village of Queen Charlotte agreed to write a letter supporting GwaiiTel’s application to the federal government’s Digital Canada 150 program, which aims to help households in rural and remote areas access high-speed Internet and participate in the digital economy.The government committed to investing up to $305 million over the next five years, extending and enhancing broadband service to 5 Mbps in areas where low population density makes it costly.GwaiiTel’s application to the program is due Jan. 12, 2015.

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