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Saskatchewan to Receive Improved Rural Wireless Communications Services

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A new four-phase initiative has been announced by the Government of Saskatchewan, that promises to provide rural communities with enhanced access to reliable cellular and high speed internet services. “Providing rural areas of our province with world-class communications services continues to be a priority for our government,” Premier Brad Wall said. 

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The program, which has been developed in consultation with SaskTel, will secure a path to economic growth in rural communities by ensuring they have the communications tools they need to attract and retain residents, meet the needs of local businesses, and encourage greater investment in their community. “Having access to the latest technology is critical to Saskatchewan’s ability to compete and prosper in the national and global economies”, Wall added.

“SaskTel remains committed to delivering a faster and more reliable internet service to rural areas of the province,” Minister Responsible for SaskTel Joe Hargrave said.  “There has been a fantastic adoption of its Fusion internet service and this expansion will enable residents in more rural areas to have access to a high-quality internet service.”

The full implementation of the plan is expected to take five years, with the first two phases completed by 2020.  The Government of Saskatchewan expects the consultations being done in Phases 3 and 4 of the plan, which will be completed concurrently with the deployment of Phases 1 and 2.

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  • Bill___A

    Although I am pleased to see the expansion of internet to rural addresses, I note that the current plans carry a cap of 100 gigs. This is entirely inadequate and I hope that this system is being developed with a view towards significantly bigger limits. It is like piping in water and then telling people only one shower every four days.

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