VANCOUVER ISLAND – People in more than 800 households in five communities on Vancouver Island now have access to high-speed broadband internet unlocking better, faster access to digital services and opportunities.

New connectivity infrastructure has been installed at: Quatsino Subdivision 18 of the Quatsino First Nation; Coal Harbour; Sproat Lake; Forbidden Plateau; and Ross Road, including homes along approximately 2.3 kilometres of the Island Highway in Nanoose Bay.

Service provider Telus is now providing faster, more reliable broadband internet services for residents.

“Providing reliable high-speed internet connections to all residents in northern Vancouver Island has been one of our primary objectives for the past decade,” said Andrew Hory, director for Electoral Area B and chair of the board of the Regional District of Mount Waddington. “This communication infrastructure is essential to our programs and services, to retain and attract workers and their families, and to instil the growth and changes much needed in our rural communities.”

“This investment is exciting news for Sproat Lake. We are seeing more people visiting and moving to the community. Improving connectivity around the lake will enhance safety when people explore the area and flexibility to people working remotely who want to enjoy a rural lifestyle,” said Daniel Sailland, chief administrative officer, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

The Government of British Columbia has invested $2.6 million through the Connecting British Columbia program administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust. Telus contributed more than $2.6 million, alongside $37,500 from the Regional District of Mount Waddington.

“High-speed internet makes it easier for people to stay connected and enables better collaboration within our community,” said Norman Champagne, senior manager, Quatsino First Nation. “Access to better, faster broadband internet will support and further our efforts to preserve and share our traditions and stories in the digital age.”

“Investing in reliable, high-speed broadband internet access within the Forbidden Plateau area will ensure residents remain connected and supported. This commitment by the Province and partners demonstrates dedication for building stronger local communities,” said Will Cole-Hamilton, board chair, Comox Valley Regional District.

Business Examiner Staff

 

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