Company completes filing on proposal to run broadband line through Arctic
Oct 22, 2013 / 11:08 am
TORONTO - A Toronto company says it expects speedy approval for a proposal to run a fibre optic line through the Northwest Passage.
Arctic Fibre, which has filed its last regulatory application, says it anticipates northern regulators will pass a quick recommendation to proceed along to the federal cabinet.
The company is planning to lay a line nearly 16,000 kilometres long from Japan to the United Kingdom.
Arctic Fibre says that it can include eight Nunavut communities representing just over half the territory's population, giving them their first fibre optic link.
The company has also filed a $240-million proposal with the federal government to include almost all of the other communities in the territory.
President Doug Cunningham says the line could be active by 2016.
The Conference Board of Canada has identified limited Internet capacity in the Arctic as a significant factor limiting economic growth.
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