Yukon Party remains committed to bringing fibre diversity to Yukon

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 1, 2016

Yukon Party remains committed to bringing fibre diversity to Yukon

WHITEHORSE—Darrell Pasloski today reiterated the Yukon Party’s commitment to build the Dempster Highway fibre line. The project was first announced by Stacey Hassard in 2015 and the Yukon government has since been securing partnerships with the Government of Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada.

“Today’s outage once again demonstrates the critical need for fibre redundancy in Yukon,” Pasloski said. “During the recent federal election, the Liberal government committed to enhancing northern Internet access. We have been working with Canada to determine how we can partner on this project. In today’s world, outages like this one disrupt our daily lives and significantly impact Yukon businesses.”

The Dempster Highway project will complete a self-healing fibre loop in Northern Canada – allowing data to flow in another direction in the event of damage to the fibre at any point. This fibre loop will provide robust protection for Internet, telephone, cellular and credit card services as well as government and emergency 911 services where available.

“A new fibre optic line connecting the Yukon and NWT fibre networks is the best way to provide robust protection to critical telecommunications services in more Yukon communities,” Hassard said. “It will provide the best long-term, diversified infrastructure to support telecommunications services for Yukoners and local businesses.”

As part of the project, Northwestel committed to contributing its own capital to strengthening fibre infrastructure in Yukon, including extending the existing fibre line from Stewart Crossing to Dawson City.

Every single Yukon community will benefit from the introduction of increased redundancy under this model, with 10 Yukon communities along the fibre line gaining full redundancy.

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