For many First Nations in B.C., connecting to high-speed internet is just the first hurdle – IRPP

For many First Nations in B.C., connecting to high-speed internet is just the first hurdle – IRPP

by ahnationtalk on April 21, 202133 Views

April 21, 2021

When addressing digital connectivity for First Nation communities, many of which are remote, nimble and diverse approaches are required.

Access to sustainable, affordable bandwidth sufficient to meet the needs of health, education, economic development and emergency services is critical. Last March, as British Columbia entered into a state of emergency, it included internet and telecommunications in the list of services that must continue to be delivered during the pandemic, as “essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning.”

But for many First Nations communities in B.C., that essential access to virtual health services, virtual classrooms and internet access for thousands of local businesses was not a given.

Read More: https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/april-2021/for-many-first-nations-in-b-c-connecting-to-high-speed-internet-is-just-the-first-hurdle/

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