South Country residents and 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 South Country 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 are partnering with the Province of BC to extend fibre optic backbone network into the South Country to serve as a high-speed launching platform for Internet Service Providers wishing to offer their services to residents or businesses in the region.
In partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay, the Trust is planning to build a fibre optic backbone between Jaffray and Roosville. The proposed network will connect to the existing regional network passing by Jaffray and Elko and will have a Point of Presence near the border in Roosville. This project will also assist in delivering better connectivity to the Tobacco Plains community.
This project has received funding from the Province through the Connecting BC program, the Regional District of East Kootenay and the Trust. Read More.
The project will primarily use aerial (utility poles) installation. Regardless of methodology, the Trust will employ best practice techniques to minimize or eliminate impacts to residents, wildlife, the environment and locations of historical significance.
Target dates are approximate and may be updated throughout the project.