Update as of Summer 2018
SaskTel has announced availability of high speed internet in Waskesiu, Call 1-800-SASKTEL to sign up for 2018 and to book an installation appointment.
A normal seasonal subscription is for 4 months. Due to the time of year, seasonal residents and businesses will be able to subscribe for less than 4 months in 2018.
SaskTel will have several crews dedicated to installations within the townsite starting July 30th.
The installation will include the replacement of current telephone drop wires to allow for future new technology services from SaskTel, the placement of a DSL modem and activation of the WiFi service within the DSL Modem.
If you have a telephone jack and a power plug adjacent to the jack then this is most likely where SaskTel will place your DSL router.
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 during summer 2018. The construction and internal systems work are complete, and the service became available July 25, 2018. Call 1-800-SASKTEL to book an installation.
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.
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