MP Yvonne Jones has announced enhanced Labrador internet services for northern communities. The service is the result of partnerships with the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut government, Vale, and Bell Aliant along with the provincial and federal governments. Services should potentially be up and running by the end of 2016.
On the south coast of Labrador, the upgrade is planned to go directly to fibre broadband. Nalcor will be bringing a fibre optic line from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to the south coast as part of the Muskrat Falls project. The line will be available in 2017 and negotiations are underway to connect to it, to upgrade services for the public.
Labrador internet on the agenda
Nuvitik fibre broadband for northern Labrador is under discussion with indigenous organizations Innu Nation and the Nunatsiavut Government. Fibre connectivity will surpass satellite internet services in northern Labrador in terms of speed and reliability.
“Improved high speed Internet service in isolated rural communities provides residents and businesses access to a broad range of information and services such as health care and education. Through this $200,000 provincial investment, we are working with our community and industry partners to enhance access to these important services to northern Labrador. We will continue to advance collaborative relationships of this nature for the betterment of residents and businesses in rural and urban areas of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
– The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador