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Jan 6, 2023
Involves project spanning from Asia to Europe; federal OK still needed for survey
Preliminary work that could potentially lead to a fibre optic cable in the High Arctic does not require a review to proceed, the Nunavut Impact Review Board has recommended.
The review board issued its decision on Dec. 22 and now the proposal awaits approval from Northern Affairs Minister Daniel Vandal. That process could take up to 45 days.
“We’re pleased with the decision and excited to be moving ahead,” said Ik Icard, the spokesperson for Far North Digital LLC, the company proposing the survey.
Far North Digital is working with its Canadian affiliate, True North Global Networks LP and Finnish network provider Cinia to connect 14,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable stretching from Japan eastward to Norway or Finland.
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