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Arctic Fibre News Release re Nunavut site visits

Arctic Fibre News Release re Nunavut site visits

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July 25, 2013 News Release
July 25, 2013 News Release

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Published by: Madeleine Alexander Redfern on Jul 25, 2013
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ARCTIC FIBRE BEGINS NUNAVUT ROUTE SURVEYS:DREAM OF ARCTIC BROADBAND ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALITY
 
Toronto, Ontario- July 25, 2013 -
The dream of faster, more affordable and reliable broadbandtelecommunications to Canad
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North will move one step closer to reality in mid-August as Arctic FibreInc. begins its physical landing site surveys at seven locations across Nunavut and one site in NorthernQuebec.Starting August 19
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in Iqaluit, a seven-person survey team comprised of Arctic Fibre's environmentaladvisor, AECOM Consulting; telecom engineering firm, WFN Strategies; community liaison consultant,Madeleine Redfern; TE SubCom marine surveyors, and Arctic Fibre staff will visit the Nunavutcommunities of Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Hall Beach, Igloolik, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay.Madeleine Redfern, President of Ajungi Arctic Consulting, stated, "At each community the Arctic Fibreteam will meet with elders, hamlet mayors and council members, Community and Land ResourceCommittee members, local hunters and the public to ascertain the most appropriate location to land thebackbone cable." She added, "Potential subcontractors for civil works will also have an opportunity topresent their credentials to the Arctic Fibre team who are committed to creating as much localparticipation as possible.""Arctic Fibre has undertaken extensive desk top marine and terrestrial surveys which reflect the normalcable landing factors such as tides, currents, seabed conditions, and proximity to terrestrial telecomfacilities," said Douglas Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of Arctic Fibre Inc."However, we want the benefit of the local communities' expertise with regard to ice conditions and themost suitable location away from anchorages and any environmentally-sensitive areas and habitat.That's why we will be holding consultative meetings in each community, as well as physically examiningthe various landing site options and alternative routings across the Boothia Peninsula from Taloyoak toLord Mayor Bay."The site visit times and community meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows, with any changes dueto weather conditions or technical factors being posted in the local media, community centres, and postoffices.
Community Date Time Location
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qaluit Site Visit Mon Aug 19
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1500 hrs Apex Bay (near Hudson's Bay outpost)Iqaluit Meeting Mon Aug 19
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1800 Hotel ArcticCape Dorset Tues Aug 20
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0930 Cape Dorset BeachCape Dorset Meeting Tues Aug 20
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1200 Hamlet Office

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