As part of the Kuh-ke-nah Network of Smart First Nations demonstration project, the Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations are constructing a local cable system to carry high speed data. Over the past few weeks, contractors working with Blair Electronics were in Deer Lake upgrading their existing cable system. The original Deer Lake cable system was built in 1999 for television service only but now it is also carrying high speed data (for data, video and voice services).
This week, Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff (Adi Linden and Lars Dixon) travelled to Deer Lake to install the routers, switches, modems and video equipment required to complete the local community broadband network installation. While in Deer Lake, Adi and Lars worked with Oscar Meekis (Deer Lake's e-Centre Manager), Cory Meekis (Deer Lake's Computer Technician), Arlene Meekis (Deer Lake's Multi-Media Producer) and Sonya Nothing (Deer Lake's CAP worker) providing them with the training and support they require to install and support the use of the network, , install modems and support the various applications (health, education, local government, etc). Managing the local cable business (as it relates to the high speed data connections) is an important part of this development.
Check out the pictures Adi took of the Deer Lake cable installation.