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The dishes will be built over a three-year period, said Northwestel vice-president Curtis Shaw.The first communities are to be hooked up by early next year.All satellites will be open access for other providers, he said.The new dishes are expected to open a broad range of possibilities for northerners, said Shaw.Earlier this year, a report to then-Indigenous and northern affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett found internet access to be a greater concern among northerners than environmental conservation.The drag poor internet access has had on Arctic development has been pointed out in studies dating back to 2011.The new satellite dishes are expected to provide speeds of between five and 15 megabytes per second.Broadband capacity is expected to increase by 20 times.
Social media such as Facebook helps connect with relatives and friends in distant communities where travel is expensive.
IQALUIT, Nunavut -- The federal government has promised to contribute nearly million to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut where some of the poorest and most expensive service in Canada has long been considered an economic drag.
The money, together with million from regional service provider Northwestel, will put satellite dishes and ground stations in all 25 Nunavut communities, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said Thursday in Iqaluit.
Another said that by the time the satellite dishes are in place, increased demand will eat up any gains in speed.
"Satellite is pointless," tweeted someone under the name of Kyle Sheppard.