• The Edgewood Community Internet Society will offer a sustainable Internet service at fair prices to every resident, educational institution, health facility, business, and community group, as well as police, fire, and emergency services in the region.
  • Reliable access will enhance the quality of life in the Columbia Basin by fostering communication between families, improving access to services, increasing educational opportunities, enhancing health care services and increasing opportunities for business and economic development.
  • The Edgewood Community Internet Society will provide reliable last minute connectivity in our region and connect the region to the outside world.
  • The Edgewood Community Internet Society will facilitate mobile data and voice communications for our region and the greater regional area.
  • The Edgewood Community Internet Society will find creative ways to work with governments, communities, and infrastructure providers and funding sources and service providers.
  • To ensure the region receives the maximum benefit the Edgewood Community Internet Society will actively educate residents, businesses, institutions, local governments, and community groups, on the applications and uses of the system.

Further Benefits
The people within the coverage region of this project need not be the only ones to benefit from this plan. If it is proven possible to offer quality service to rural areas with no other options at a cost far below many of the current broadband initiatives that are under development, it could act as a pilot project for other communities that are of similar need. In doing so we could help the Federal Government to fulfill its promise to deliver high speed Internet to the rural communities of Canada, a more timely and cost efficient manner than they may have believed possible

What is CAP YI?
The Community Access Program (CAP) is a Government of Canada initiative, administered by Industry Canada, that aims to provide Canadians with affordable public access to the Internet and the skills they need to use it effectively. With the combined efforts of the federal, provincial and territorial governments, community groups, social agencies, libraries, schools, volunteer groups and the business community, CAP helps Canadians, wherever they live, take advantage of emerging opportunities in the new global knowledge-based economy. Under CAP, public locations like schools, libraries and community centres act as “on-ramps” to the Information Highway, and provide computer support and training.

CAP is the key component of the Government of Canada’s Connecting Canadians initiative, whose goal is to make Canada the most connected nation in the world. CAP started in 1994 in rural communities with populations up to 50,000. Then in December 1999, following a successful pilot program in urban communities, CAP is now being rolled out to larger population centres of over 50,000. By March 31, 2001, Industry Canada wants to establish public Internet access sites in up to 10,000 rural, remote and urban communities across Canada.

It is hoped that CAP sites will increasingly join together in networking opportunities enabling them CAP has recently undertaken a new strategic direction that reflects both recent budget cutbacks and the changing relationship of Internet technology to Canadians.
CAP has shifted from providing access to the general population to two specific focal points:

  1. Providing access to Digital Divide communities, or those demographics most likely to be lacking skills and access to Internet technology. Statistics Canada identified five groups of Canadians that are most likely to use the Internet less than the national average - these groups are considered "Digital Divide communities." They include: older Canadians, Canadians with low income or low education, Francophones, those living in rural areas, and Aboriginal people.
  2. Supporting access to online government services.

The Community Access Program Youth Initiative (CAP YI), is coordinated by Industry Canada's CAP and is funded through Human Resources Development Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). CAP's Youth Initiative (YI) aims to provide employment opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 - primarily students, recent graduates, or the under-employed or unemployed.

The purpose of CAP YI is to provide youth with work experience that will facilitate the transition to the labour market. In British Columbia, CAP YI is hosted by the Pacific Community Networks Association and Community Futures Development Association.

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