Its 957 homes in the communities of Fort Albany and Attawapiskat, Kachechewan to where the Western James Bay Telecom Network (WJBTN) is planning to bring its fiber to home service and will also come up with increased capacity of fiber internet and transport in the community residents, schools and hospitals in these communities.
The project would estimated to be costing at $4.7 million out of which funds amounting $2.296 million has been secured by WJBTN from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and $441,193 from the Government of Canada through the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada while rest of the amount will be provided by the WJBTN through several sources including cash reserves, Wakenagun Economic Development Corporation, Nord-Aski Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Royal Bank of Canada.
End-users will be provided with 30 meg service at an affordable cost.
First Nation is a not-for-profit corporation involved in providing fiber bandwidth and fiber-optic transport services to the anchor institutions in the First nation communities of Fort Albany, Ontario and Attawapiskat, Kashechewan., and WJBTN is 100 percent owned by it.
The planned project of Fiber to the Home will not only improve the connectivity performance for customers but will be a more reliable and low cost service for the end users. Through the project an access to the social media along with increase economic opportunities like access to government resources, banking services will be available to individuals as well as enterprises in the communities.
The community will also be able to use online services of opportunities like wellness, health improvement and education.
For the WJBTN, the project will be coming up with lower operational and maintenance costs, with a potential to develop a highly skilled workforce to meet the requirements of residential customer services as well as network maintenance in the James Bay communities.
The project is planned to be completed by December 2020.