Mackenzie Valley Fibre Optics Link Feasibility Study

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February 15, 2011 - The feasibility of running a fibre optics cable from the south of the Northwest Territories to Inuvik, and eventually to Tuktoyaktuk, is being studied by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The Minister of Finance, J. Michael Miltenberger, says the fibre link is important in improving data communications for both the public and private sector in the communities along the route.

“The fibre link could greatly enhance program and service delivery in areas such as tele-health, on-line learning, and e-commerce, and help diversify the economy in the communities of the Beaufort-Delta and along the Mackenzie Valley,” said Minister Miltenberger. “It is the first step in advancing the communications infrastructure needed for future economic development and modern program and service delivery.”

A fibre optics cable to Inuvik would also encourage future development of the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility which has been identified as a world class location for receiving data from polar orbiting satellites pending a fibre optics connection.

The feasibility study will explore the potential fibre optics users; amount of use; technical feasibility of constructing the link; environmental, regulatory and permitting; governance and operational considerations for a fibre optics link; and costs and potential funding sources to install the fibre optics cable down the Mackenzie Valley.

Through the feasibility study, the Government of the Northwest Territories is continuing to take action to diversify and maximize the economic opportunities as envisioned in the Northerners Working Together plan.

For more information, contact:

Press Secretary
Office of the Premier/Cabinet
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 669-2302