Broadband towers improve access for Northwestern community

The stronger network will benefit homes and business and services and facilities like the e-learning centre, band office, community centre and health centre telemedicine office. Supplied

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The province has announced funding for two broadband towers for a First Nation community in Northwestern Ontario.

The Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) Computer Services department of chiefs council Keewaytinook Okimakanak is getting $179,040 from the province for the purchase and installation of two 200-foot broadband towers, to increase broadband access and affordability for over 600 Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation residents.

The stronger network will benefit homes, business and services and facilities like the e-learning centre, band office, community centre and health centre telemedicine office.

“Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s broadband project will bring new economic and educational opportunities and help build a safer and connected community,” said Energy Minister Greg Rickford in a statement released Tuesday, Feb. 11.

“We are better positions for tomorrow to compete for business and other opportunities that are now possible with this modernizing of our communications,”  said Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation Chief David Masakeyash.

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