Home for various broadband applications serving communities around the
world. Thanks to Matt Wenger for this pointer-BSA]
>From the PC world article:
Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the indigenous Ktunaxa
thriving culture going back 10,000 years. Following more than a century of
abuse and mistreatment at the hands of the Canadian government, however, the
Ktunaxa's language and culture have been all but eradicated.
Now, innovative uses of cutting-edge broadband and digital recordings of
tribal elders are enabling younger members to hear the sounds of the
language, giving Ktunaxa leaders hope for its future.
"With no prospect of the infrastructure in our traditional territory
improving, we took it upon ourselves to develop our own
make use of these important language-training resources," says Maki.
In March of 2007, the mission was accomplished. The Ktunaxa Nation now has
North America's only native-owned open-fiber-to-the-home network, providing
speeds of 100 megabits per second to each home.
"We're now wired like no other community in North America. Everything we do
is based on connectivity. Not many people get a chance to change the course
of predicted history, but with hard work and fiber, we will," Maki says.
Matt Wenger writes:
Interesting four part series of articles in PC World highlighting
"groundbreaking broadband uses, and the people who employ the technology to
preserve the past, reshape the future, and fulfill their dreams." To quote
Of particular interest to many of you will be part 2, the feature on the
Ktunaxa nation fiber network in Canada.
In terms of the other three articles:
The first article on gaming as Olympic sport this year can be found:
Part 3: "The Film Editor's Dream" A well-known Swedish film editor fulfills
his dream of working remotely while living in a rural area, thanks to a
superfast fiber-optic broadband connection.
Part 4: "The Doctor Isn't In But Can See You" In the final installment,
focuses on how NorthWest Telehealth is delivering quality healthcare
What I like, is the emphasis on what is ACTUALLY being done rather than what
could maybe one day happen. There may be good contacts here for many of you
to follow up with to learn more about what they did and how they did it.