The need for speed will be met this summer. SaskTel DSL high speed internet is coming to Waskesiu! The Community Council, Parks Canada and SaskTel signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in mid-December 2017 where SaskTel agreed to have the DSL High Speed Internet service up and running for the summer of 2018.
Service will be via telephone lines to businesses, residents and seasonal residents. For those of you technically inclined, the service will provide 5 Mbps and up to 10 Mbps download speed, plus 640 Kbps and up to 800 Kbps upload speed.
The Community Responded
It was truly a community effort over much of 2017 to make this happen. For a high speed internet installation to be viable in our seasonal community, it required a combination of businesses, Parks Canada, permanent residents and seasonal residents expressing interest to sign up, in addition to a community capital contribution, dedication to the cause by community organizations and a willingness by SaskTel to negotiate.
Thanks go to the Waskesiu Community Council (special thanks to Jim Kerby), the Waskesiu Seasonal Residents Association (special thanks to Rob Phillips), the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce (special thanks to Gord Bueckert) and Parks Canada (special thanks to David Britton) for their hard work and for financial contributions. Thanks also go to individuals for your donations towards the capital cost and for your expressions of interest in subscribing.
It’s just one more example of what a truly great community Waskesiu really is.
Update as of May 30, 2018
The construction work is going extremely well, at about 40% done and the SaskTel crew will be doing a large splicing job this week that will move it to around 60% done. SaskPower should be on-site next week to supply the cabinets with power.
Once the construction is done, they will move to the internal systems work that cannot be started until the external work is complete. This work generally takes a few weeks and then allows SaskTel to take orders and enable service.
Once the service is available for sign-up, SaskTel will make a more formal announcement via press release and will contact those residents, seasonal residents and businesses who have already expressed interest in subscribing. There is no need for you to contact SaskTel before then.
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