The first communities are to be hooked up by early next year.
All satellites will be open access for other providers, he said.
Bains said the government remains committed to a fibre-optic link for northern communities.Social media such as Facebook helps connect with relatives and friends in distant communities where travel is expensive.Such services are also widely used to trade items such as country foods.The Winnipeg firefighter charged in connection with allegations of sexual assault has been granted bail.Manuel Ruiz, 52, has been in custody for more than a month."We're expecting costs will drop to the end user." Actual Arctic internet users were dubious about Thursday's announcement.