Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart

Funding brings high-speed Internet to Cherryville

Residents have been pushing for broad-band service for more than a decade

The information highway is rolling into Cherryville.

The provincial government announced Wednesday that it will provide $250,000 to bring high-speed Internet to the community.

“Improved Internet access in Cherryville will put information at  people’s fingertips, from access to government services to health and  educational resources,” said Ben Stewart, citizens services minister.

Residents have been pushing for high-speed service for more than 10 years.

“This is what we wanted,” said Lisa Larson, who owns a company that constructs log homes.

Dial-up Internet makes it virtually impossible to receive large files for prospective customers so  documents have to be mailed.

“By the time we get something in the mail, 10 other companies had bid on the project,” said Larson.

The total cost to bring high-speed Internet to Cherryville is $300,000 and the Southern Interior Development Initiative has provided $50,000.

The Regional District of North Okanagan, which led lobbying efforts, anticipates the service could be in place by the end of 2013.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.