News Release - July 4, 2006
SASKTEL WIRELESS INTERNET AVAILABLE IN EATONIA AND NETHERHILL
Eatonia, Netherhill and the surrounding areas will now be able to enjoy the benefits of SaskTel's Wireless Internet service.
"Thanks to CommunityNet II, Saskatchewan will continue to lead the way in Canada in deploying high speed Internet service to rural communities," Minister responsible for SaskTel Deb Higgins said. "Residents and business owners in communities across Saskatchewan are receiving high speed access sooner than many larger urban centres in Canada as a result of this initiative."
SaskTel Wireless Internet is up to 70 times faster than dial-up and includes unlimited time on-line. Coverage for this service is within approximately a 30-kilometre radius from the wireless Internet-provisioned towers located by Eatonia and Netherhill and is dependent upon terrain and topography. Local authorized SaskTel Wireless Internet dealers have full coverage information and service details. Customers in the Eatonia and Netherhill areas can contact Murlin Electronics in Kindersley or Rosetown Satellite and Cell in Rosetown.
CommunityNet II will provide high speed Internet access to a minimum of 71 communities in the province, and the surrounding areas. All existing CommunityNet locations with a population over 100 and a school previously served by SCN's satellite technology will benefit from this program. In addition, the majority of communities with populations greater than 200 will also benefit from CommunityNet II. Upon completion of this program more than 86 per cent of the Saskatchewan population will have access to this valuable educational, communications and entertainment service.
Since 2000, the implementation of CommunityNet has been an unqualified success. The province-wide initiative has provided high speed Internet access to public institutions in 366 communities, linking 834 educational facilities, 310 health facilities, 86 First Nations schools, 256 government offices and 162 libraries. Upon completion of CommunityNet II, more than 86 per cent of the Saskatchewan population will have access to high speed Internet.
SaskTel employs over 3,800 people in communities throughout Saskatchewan and is the leading full service communications provider in the province. It offers competitive voice, data, Internet, entertainment and multimedia services, web hosting, text and messaging services over a state-of-the-art digital network. The Corporation also provides cellular and wireless data services, security monitoring services, directory services, in-room communications services to the healthcare sector through Hospitality Network, telecommunications consulting service through SaskTel International and national communications services through Navigata Communications. Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
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