People and businesses previously lagging now have access to high-speed internet services.
Fixed wireless infrastructure needed for high-speed connectivity is installed for 288 households in the Coldstream, Priest’s Valley 6, Cosens Bay, Parker Cove Delta and Bouleau Lake Road areas. The installation of this infrastructure will allow the service provider to offer broadband internet with speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads.
New “last-mile” fixed wireless infrastructure for high-speed connectivity was also installed to more than 2,300 households in Armstrong, Enderby, Hullcar, Grindrod and the rural areas surrounding Enderby and Armstrong.
“Ensuring all British Columbians have access to reliable, high-speed internet services is critical to helping our communities grow. The past two years have underscored the importance of that connection, not only for entrepreneurs and businesses, but for students and families,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “Connectivity upgrade projects like this empower our rural and remote communities to participate and thrive in the local and global economies.”
The cost of the upgrade was approximately $126,000, with as much as $56,000 contributed by the province through the Connecting British Columbia program and administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Province’s investment was matched with as much as $56,000 in federal funding. The remaining cost of as much as $12,700 was contributed by Kelowna-based internet service provider ispeed Communications.
“The demand for high-speed internet to rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic grew significantly,” said Dave Bradich, president, ispeed Communications.