Inukshuk Wireless announces launch of 2009 Calls for Proposals

    Approximately $2.4 million of funds available across Canada for
    innovative and creative proposals to enhance Internet learning content
    and connectivity

    MONTREAL, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Inukshuk Wireless today announced the launch of
its 2009 Calls for Proposals in its 10 licensed service areas: Alberta,
British Columbia, Eastern Ontario and Outaouais, New Brunswick, Newfoundland
and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Québec and Yukon. On
a national basis, the amount of funding available under this year's Calls is
approximately $2.4 million. The funding is part of Inukshuk Wireless's
commitment to invest annually to promote learning in each of its licensed
    The Inukshuk Wireless Learning Plan aims to meet the needs for on-line
learning in three specific areas: Connectedness, Content and Continuity.
    Applicants are invited to submit proposals that focus on either content
or connectivity related to learning and the Internet. Content proposals are
welcome for innovative and creative projects to develop multimedia and
feature-rich learning content, applications or learning environments for
Canada's learning communities. Applications are also encouraged for
connectivity projects, which will result in the provision of broadband
wireless Internet access to unserved and underserved communities.
    "Through the collaborative efforts of the Learning Plan Advisory
committee members and Inukshuk, we are experiencing a very strong demand for
funding from the educational sectors in each licensed area", said Don Falle,
General Manager, Inukshuk Wireless.
    "In 2008, the Inukshuk Fund enabled several rural communities throughout
our license with broadband wireless access to the home. Through the
availability of high speed Internet access, learners in these communities will
now be able to access feature-rich educational content without the limitations
of a dial-up connection.
    We believe strongly that the 2009 Calls for Proposals will benefit from
the substantive past successes of the Learning Plan and will enable the
implementation of high quality interactive learning content as well as new and
innovative connectivity projects", added Don Falle.
    To find out about the availability of funds in each region, and to obtain
additional information on the application process, please visit

    About Inukshuk Wireless

    Inukshuk Wireless is an equally owned partnership between Bell Canada and
Rogers Communications created to build and manage a Canada-wide wireless
broadband network licensed by Industry Canada. Inukshuk Wireless's network
footprint currently covers 55 cities and more than 100 un-served rural and
underserved communities across Canada. The network is designed to leverage
existing cellular towers of both Bell and Rogers, connecting customers to the
Internet and providing secure wireless data transmission over licenced
spectrum. The 10 licensed service areas (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova
Scotia, Eastern Ontario and Outaouais, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick,
Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon) cover approximately
30 million Canadians.

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