By CBC News

An Ontario company has applied for permits that would allow a fibre optic cable through the Northwest Passage to bring vastly improved data service to much of the North.

Arctic Fibre has asked Industry Canada for submarine cable landing licences that would serve seven communities in Nunavut and just over half the territory's population.

The plans are part of a $600-million proposal to stretch a cable from Japan through to Newfoundland, where it would connect to the northeastern United States.

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