Cambridge Bay on-line
Nunavut community to provide Internet services

CAMBRIDGE BAY (NOV 011/96) - Another Nunavut community is revving up for a trip down the information highway.

PolarNet, owned by the Kitikmeot Corporation, will provide Internet access in the community of Cambridge Bay beginning later this month.

"With the Internet as a marketing tool, we will generate more revenue for artists and businesses operating in the community with the direct contact with the south," said David General, business development officer.

Initially, one employee, Darrell Ohokannoak, will work as the Internet service representative.

But in time, another employee will likely be trained to work at PolarNet, General said.

By having an Internet service provider in the community, those using the communication tool will be able to avoid the expense and problems currently experienced by Internet users.

Those using the Internet now must dial long-distance to Yellowknife, for example, to be connected to the Internet. And those connections are always slow or hard to achieve, General said.

Cambridge Bay residents will pay $19.95 for 10 hours of Internet time plus a registration fee.

"It will be at least 50 per cent cheaper for consumers to dial into our service, General said.

The new business won't be in competition with Ardicom, the company installing a communication network across the NWT, he added.

"We'll do whatever we can to ensure people are up and running," General said. "And we'll ensure software is available."