Arrow Technology Group Broadband

Sector(s)
Broadband, Indigenous Infrastructure
Location(s)
Alberta
Participation
$8.1 million
Partner(s)
Arrow Technology Group Ltd Partnership (Arrow), ISED, CRTC

Increased broadband access for underserved Indigenous and rural communities in Alberta

Our financing will close an infrastructure gap by connecting underserved households in 20 Indigenous and 4 rural communities.

Fast facts

Provide access to internet services with speeds of 50-300 Mbps and unlimited data
CIB’s financing allows broadband connectivity to expand in unserved and underserved communities at a quicker pace
Supporting a majority First Nations-owned business to expand their operations and services to Indigenous and rural communities in Alberta

The CIB is collaborating with internet service provider Arrow and federal government funding counterparts to accelerate the delivery of high-speed broadband projects in Indigenous and rural communities in Alberta.

The CIB’s financing will close an infrastructure gap by connecting underserved households in 20 Indigenous and 4 rural communities.

The Indigenous communities benefitting from the new broadband infrastructure include First Nations from Treaty 8 and Treaty 6, as well as a number of Métis Settlements. This marks the CIB’s first investment towards addressing infrastructure gaps within Métis communities.

Benefits of CIB’s Involvement

Due to low population density and lack of broadband infrastructure in rural areas, the cost of connection per household is very high. The CIB’s financing rates allows broadband connectivity to expand in unserved and underserved communities at a quicker pace while also enabling Arrow to charge affordable rates to its Indigenous and rural customers.

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Arrow Technology Group Limited Partnership

Arrow Technology Group is dedicated to supporting Indigenous communities by bringing high-speed connectivity to their areas. We recognize the importance of bridging the digital divide and are committed to providing access to the tools and resources needed to succeed, creating new educational, social and business opportunities. This collaboration with the Canada Infrastructure Bank will enable us to connect more Indigenous and rural communities in Alberta to high-speed internet.

Vaughn Paul, President
Chief of Alexander First Nation

The internet has the power to equalize access to resources and knowledge for Indigenous communities. The success of these projects, enabled by the Canada Infrastructure Bank and Arrow Technology Group, will have a lasting impact. By providing access to the same resources and opportunities as the rest of Alberta, we can open a gateway to a brighter future for those who have previously been left behind.

George Arcand Jr., Chief of Alexander First Nation
Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

Our government recognises that high speed internet is no longer a luxury, but a need. More and more services are now online, and a reliable connection is needed for all Canadians to access government services, pay bills, and talk with family and friends. Today’s announcement helps bridge the connectivity gap experienced by many rural Albertans and Indigenous communities while providing good paying jobs.

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault