Thousands of residents in Northern Canada, namely Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, are without internet and telephone service because of a disruption with a TeleSat satellite. TeleSat has temporarily lost contact with the Anik F2 communications satellite. The lost satellite left 37 communities with minimal connection to families, neighbors, and the outside world.
The Ottawa-based communications company has launched 15 satellites since 1972. Anik F2 was sent into orbit in 2004, and is one of four satellites still operational today.
Although the cause of the Anik F2 disruption is unknown, it was discovered that the satellite is turned around and no longer points toward North America. Telesat is optimistic they will be able to control the satellite and restore service soon.
The next generation of Anik satellites, G1, will be sent up in the third or fourth quarter of 2012. The Anik F2 and G1 models are intended to provide high-speed, two-way internet access to Northern Canada as well as rural areas throughout the United States.