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Fort Severn First Nation Satellite Broadband Upgrade a Relief for the Community – First Mile

Ontario’s most northern remote First Nation has completed a broadband upgrade that has made a real impact. Everyday services are affected by broadband speeds, not just email and web browsing. Fort Severn First Nation is located 715km north of Sioux Lookout and uses satellite broadband for access to health care, education, justice, administration, and other services. Telemedicine, e-learning and video court are just a few examples of how the community accesses essential services without the need to fly to urban centres for appointments which can take days of travel.

The band office requires adequate broadband to upload administrative files, email reports, and complete banking and payroll. “I uploaded a file yesterday that took me over a half hour, today I can upload the same file in less than a minute”, says Community Projects Coordinator George Kakekaspan.

The satellite broadband upgrade will provide an increased service for the next five years and is funded by Connect to Innovate, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation with support from Keewaytinook Okimakanak and K-Net.

Read More: http://firstmile.ca/fort-severn-first-nation-satellite-broadband-upgrade-a-relief-for-the-community/

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