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New grants advance Matawa First Nations’ fiber-optic project –

Over 1,000 kilometres of fiber are being installed.

THUNDER BAY — New federal and Ontario government funding of $63 million will enable Matawa First Nations to begin the next phase of a long-haul fiber-optic network linking member communities northeast of Thunder Bay.

Deployment of the Rapid Lynx broadband project was started in 2020 after an initial $30 million contribution from the province and about $40 million from the federal government.

Rapid Lynx will consist of over 1,000 kilometres of fiber and will provide reliable high-speed internet service to residents and businesses in five remote fly-in communities – Eabametoong, Marten Falls, Webequie, Neskantaga and Nibinamik First Nations.

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