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I don’t know about you, but honestly, I couldn’t imagine life without internet. In my house, the internet has been a major part of our home life/entertainment since I was around nine. (No, I’m not telling you what year that was, and you should never ask a woman her age.) I remember using it for school projects, having conversations with school peers through various messaging platforms, and last but not least, playing video games.

However, there are many remote communities here in Manitoba that have never had proper internet service. Some can’t even check their email. And others have never even had a computer. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Sadly, yes, I’m serious. That’s why I’m so excited that CommStream got a grant from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Connecting Canadians 150 program! We will provide 17,000 people in more than 2,000 homes with high-speed internet.

Can you even begin to understand how this will impact these communities? They will be able to get better health care, which will increase quality of life and life expectancy. A teacher will be able to show their students wondrous places around the world that they’ve never seen before like what the Eiffel tower looks like at night or how blue the waters of Australia are. The possibilities are endless. Something we’ve become accustomed to over the last 15 years, but something someone living in a remote community can only dream of.

Back to front: Technicians: Shola, James, Murray, Managing Directors: Vlad and Don

I am excited beyond words to be a part of this initiative, and I haven’t even mentioned THE BEST PART! We are going to help these communities achieve self-sufficiency with our “ISP in a box program.” Whaaaat??! Well, It’s a program where we train and set up each community independently to run their own Internet Service with us, supporting them on the systems/technology front of it all. That’s definitely “going the extra mile.”

– Sheryl White, Customer Service Coordinator