Blue Sky Net, a not-for-profit Information Communication Technology Network advocates for broadband improvements throughout the North. Blue Sky Net created a gap study using GIS maps of broadband coverage as well as user submitted speed tests and applied for Universal Broadband Funding for this project. The project was approved and Blue Sky Net will receive $881,000 from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Blue Sky Net is responsible for oversight relating to these funding requirements.
NETSPECTRUM was established in 2006 as the child company of Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. The company has been a provider of terrestrial wireless internet solutions to numerous rural communities in Northern Ontario and have grown their infrastructure to over 130 towers and fibre assets throughout the region. Spectrum Telecom Group is contributing over $314,000 and will build and ultimately own the new fibre service as additional pieces of infrastructure that will connect to their current network. Customers will purchase service through the ISP, NETSPECTRUM Internet Solutions. It is possible that other ISPs will resell the service as well.