Five northern community broadband projects in the N.W.T., Yukon and northern Manitoba will share in $72 million of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Broadband Fund money.
According to a press release from the CRTC Wednesday, the projects are designed to improve broadband internet service for about 10,100 households in 51 communities.
The CRTC will dedicate $750 million to projects that improve broadband services in rural and remote communities over the next five years. Many communities in the North rely on slower satellite data connections for internet service.
Ian Scott, the CRTC’s chairperson, told the CBC in an interview that the COVID-19 pandemic
“put a magnifying glass” on how important internet connectivity is for northern communities.
“The pandemic makes [internet] even more important as children are trying to learn at home, as parents are working at home,” Scott said.
“This all taxes the system and makes it more important —