Members of a Prince George area First Nation now have access to something many people take for granted.
The 116 members of the Lheidli T’enneh were connected for the first time to high-speed broadband Internet earlier this month.
Before that, members living on reserve land outside Prince George had struggled with outdated and unreliable satellite Internet service, and, in some cases, dial-up.
“This was long overdue and it’s a positive step for our community to be engaged and informed,” said Chief Dominic Frederick. “It is a small step for our community members to be a part of the global society, and in this information age our community can further thrive and have access to technologies to which we had limited access in the past.”
It’s hoped that access to high-speed Internet will help unlock business, social, and nation-building opportunities for the First Nation.
The work was funded by the Pathways to Technology project along with support from the provincial and federal governments.
The Pathways program is an All Nations Trust Company initiative which aims to bring affordable and reliable high-speed Internet to all 203 First Nations in BC.