News Release - August 4, 2005
SASKTEL WIRELESS INTERNET NOW AVAILABLE IN BEECHY AND AREA
Beechy and its surrounding area 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 Maynard Sonntag 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 online. Coverage for this service is within approximately a 30 kilometre radius from the wireless Internet-provisioned tower located by Beechy and is dependent upon terrain and topography. The service is available for $59.95 per month with a one-time, $249 equipment purchase plus installation charges. Local authorized SaskTel Wireless Internet dealers have coverage information and full service details.
CommunityNet II will provide high speed Internet access to a minimum of 71 communities in the province, and their 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 over 50 Saskatchewan communities and is the leading full service communications company in Saskatchewan. It offers complete wireline, wireless, Internet, entertainment and e-business solutions over a state-of-the-art, digital network. SaskTel maintains investments in companies that provide a variety of products and services, and partners with more than 140 Saskatchewan businesses. In 2004, SaskTel donated $2.6 million to more than 1,600 not-for-profit organizations, and spent more than $271 million on materials and services from over 3,900 Saskatchewan suppliers. Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
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