Outline your plans for long-term sustainability.

Community migration to SMART services is a key indicator of long-term sustainability. This project is built on strong community buy-in to using new media in addressing community needs. The existing and planned SMART initiatives reflect the skills and intensive local knowledge of the Project Management Team and the strong partnerships that exists among First Nations and project partners. Leveraging these resources will enable long-term viability.

Sustainability is also built in to the technological benefits that accrue within a shared network environment. Common needs and the aggregation of bandwidth encourage relationship building and support the long term vision of this project. All parties will contribute to the ongoing leased use costs of the network. The range of applications will ensure that major users (health, education, governance, administration and justice) support operational and capital project commitments. Over time, demonstration of the SMART model will diffuse network access to other First Nations who contribute to and expand the relationship potential for Kuh-ke-Nah.

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