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    April 10, 2013 10:00 ET Pilot Project Benefits Hearing Impaired in Nunavut Excerpt -
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      April 10, 2013 10:00 ET
      Pilot Project Benefits Hearing Impaired in Nunavut
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      http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/pilot-project-benefits-hearing-impaired-in-nunavut-1777322.htm

      Videoconference initiative enabled by new broadband Internet connections
      IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwired - April 10, 2013) - Six communities across
      Nunavut are participating in a pilot project to test videoconference
      equipment that will better facilitate communication for the deaf in the
      territory, thanks to a partnership between the governments of Canada and
      Nunavut, the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation (NBDC), and the
      Canadian Deafness Research and Training Institute (CDRTI).
      [...]
      Dr. James MacDougall of CDRTI, who has been involved with a Government of
      Nunavut-sponsored project to document Inuit Sign Language, stated that,
      "Video Phone technology can greatly assist in the full inclusion of deaf
      Nunavummiut in all aspects of community life. This represents one of the
      core values of Nunavut."
      Wendy Ireland, Executive Director of the Nunavummi Disabilities
      Makinnasuaqtiit Society, is excited about the possibilities. "This is
      obviously a great advance for deaf people, but it also holds considerable
      potential for people with other types of disabilities who need face to
      face communication within and between communities from the comfort of
      their home."
      This pilot project is part of Meet Online, a suite of videoconferencing
      solutions designed to operate over Nunavut's satellite-based network. Meet
      Online has dedicated bandwidth that offers a reliable connection between
      any two communities in Nunavut. Arviat, Baker Lake, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit,
      Pond Inlet, and Arctic Bay are all participating in this pilot project.
      Equipment is also located in Ottawa and Montréal to test communications
      with southern Canada.
      This videoconferencing pilot, which was developed with QINIQ service
      provider SSi Micro Ltd., is funded through NBDC's Infrastructure II
      project. The Canadian Deafness Research and Training Institute (CDRTI)
      helped identify participants across Nunavut and is the primary partner in
      the project.
      [...]
      BACKGROUNDER
      NUNAVUT BROADBAND
      The Government of Canada is providing a total contribution of $21,601,175
      to the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation (NBDC) to increase
      satellite capacity, produce new bandwidth management tools and upgrade the
      existing QINIQ network for the benefit of 25 communities:
      - Arctic Bay (Nanisivik)
      - Arviat
      - Baker Lake
      - Cambridge Bay
      - Cape Dorset
      - Chesterfield Inlet
      - Clyde River
      - Coral Harbour
      - Gjoa Haven
      - Grise Fiord
      - Hall Beach
      - Igloolik
      - Iqaluit
      - Kimmirut
      - Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay)
      - Kugluktuk
      - Pangnirtung
      - Pond Inlet
      - Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island)
      - Rankin Inlet
      - Repulse Bay
      - Resolute Bay
      - Sanikiluaq
      - Taloyoak (Spence Bay)
      - Whale Cove
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