Some remote Manitoba First Nations slated to get high-speed internet still don’t have drinkable water – CBC

$84M investment will speed up connections for 48 First Nations, feds say, but some under boil-water advisories

Jan 10, 2018

More than 100 rural communities and remote First Nations are likely to get speedier internet by 2019, but some of those very communities continue to struggle for access to clean drinking water.

“It’s not surprising some will see internet service before they actually see all the infrastructure that the community needs first or as a priority,” said Sheila North, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.

An $83.9 million funding commitment announced Tuesday will bring high-speed broadband networks and fibre optic internet infrastructure to 112 communities. Most of those funds are from the federal and provincial governments, though more than $16 million is coming from charities and the private sector.

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