Slocan Valley and Nakusp residents as well as local governments have told us that high-speed Internet is important to them. In addition, both the Province of BC and the Government of Canada have identified many communities in the Slocan Valley as being underserved and unable to meet the CRTC’s universal service objective of 50Mbps (per subscriber).
To improve connectivity, local governments and the Trust partnered with the Province of BC to extend a fibre optic backbone network into the Slocan Valley to serve as a high-speed launching platform for Internet Service Providers wishing to offer their services to residents or businesses in the area.
In partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Villages of Slocan, Silverton, New Denver and Nakusp, the Trust built a fibre optic backbone between Playmor Junction and Shoreholme, just north of Nakusp. This network will connects to the existing regional network passing by Playmour Junction and has Points of Presence (POPs) in Playmour Junction and the Villages of Slocan, Silverton, New Denver and Nakusp.
This project has received funding from the Province through the Connecting BC program, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, Village of Nakusp, Village of Slocan, the Village of Silverton and the Village of New Denver, as well as the Trust. Read More.
The project used a variety of installation methods including underground, marine and aerial. Regardless of methodology, the Trust employed best practice techniques to minimize or eliminate impacts to residents, wildlife, the environment and locations of historical significance.