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Partner Profile: Network BC - Developing Connections With Broadband

Network BC is committed to helping ensure every one of the 203 First Nations in BC have access to broadband technology. We won’t stop until that happens – and likely not even then. You see, with such infectious passion and drive to give all citizens access to the power of the Internet, it makes sense that Network BC would be avid supporters of the incredible work undertaken by the Pathways to Technology project.

Network BC’s key focus is to expand broadband access to as many communities and locales as possible in the province – essentially to "Bridge the Digital Divide”. The dedicated team provides leadership and support for the strategic use of telecommunications in British Columbia. While a worthy pursuit on its own, this work helps make government, health care information, educational opportunities and other services more open and accessible to people, wherever they live in the province. It also helps us realize our shared vision to improve the quality of life for First Nations citizens.

With our federal partners, the provincial government has invested almost $41 million into the Pathways to Technology project, which is being led directly by First Nations organizations, for First Nations communities. This project has already seen successes in communities like Iskut and Doig River, both of which have been connected over the past year, and with each success, together we are helping bring British Columbians closer together and open and expand opportunities.

"This project would not be possible without the dedication, creativity and collaboration of everyone involved in Pathways to Technology. Community by community, we are making progress and bringing the Internet to the fingertips of more young people and families in our province,” said Stephanie Cadieux, former Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government

For rural and remote areas, Network BC develops strategies to increase opportunities for connectivity and to sustain the connectivity levels we’ve already achieved. This means coordinating and facilitating broadband connectivity among provincial and federal government organizations, non-government organizations, First Nations and other communities, and the telecommunications sector.

As well, provincial ministries and local governments rely on us to provide expertise on the strategic use of telecommunications in BC and its potential for enabling government to improve the access that British Columbians have to provincial programs and information on health, education and economic opportunities.

Network BC is part of the BC Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government. To learn more about us, please visit www.network.gov.bc.ca.

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Back Row (L – R): Wilf Bangert (Executive Director, Network BC), Rick Leggett (TELUS), Norm Leech (FNTC), Gerry Attachie (Doig River Councillor), Eric Magnuson (Regional Director General, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada), Ferdi Schell (VP, TELUS), Lori Ackerman (Councillor, Fort St. John and Sci-Tech North), Tim Lowe (President of ANTCO Board)

Front Row (L-R): Former Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Stephanie Cadieux, Ruth Williams (CEO of ANTCO), Madeline Oker (Doig River Councillor), Chief Norman Davis (Doig River Chief).
 

Posted: November 8, 2011