Another expansion to $ 5.64 million for two new CityWest projects – Prince Rupert Northern View
More than $ 5.64 million in provincial funding for two Connected Coast programs, with CityWest designated as the communications service provider, was announced by the Department of Citizen Services on August 5.
CityWest will grow by building and expanding Internet network services under jointly announced projects of $ 3.26 million to upgrade services to Denman Island and $ 2.38 million for work on Hornby Island.
“We are absolutely thrilled with today’s announcement, which is the result of tremendous support at the provincial and community levels, as well as the hard work of our entire team at CityWest,” said Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of the communication company. “We look forward to working with and serving the communities of Denman and Hornby Islands, ensuring they receive excellent internet service and a superior customer experience. “
More than 1,350 homes will begin to see improvements from these projects, with reliable high-speed internet from the Connected Coast project.
“For many years, Denman and Hornby Islanders had one of the worst internet in our area. The residents have clearly asked for a solution, and I am happy that with this important provincial grant opportunity, we are able to provide fiber optic internet to every household on the islands at an affordable cost, ”Daniel Arbor, Director of the Regional District of Comox Valley, mentioned.
The recent announcement is part of CityWest’s mission to improve Internet connectivity in underserved rural and remote communities. In recent months, CityWest has also announced plans to expand to Vanderhoof, Cortes Island, Bella Coola, Bamfield, Tow Hill, Tlell and Zeballos, CityWest said in an Aug. 10 press release.
“The announcement on Denman and Hornby Islands significantly expands our service area and shows how hungry people are for quality internet and exceptional customer service,” Woloszyn said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important these services are to people living in rural and remote communities, and we are grateful for government support to help us build these vital networks. “
The Connected Coast Project is a joint $ 45.4 million investment by the federal and British Columbia governments to fund an undersea cable network that will bring backbone bandwidth via undersea optical fibers to 139 coastal communities rural and remote between Vancouver and Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii, and around Vancouver Island. The Connected Coast project is co-managed by CityWest and the Regional District of Strathcona, with the Northern Development Initiative Trust as the administrator of the fund.
“We are moving towards a future where people in communities along the coast will have the same level of Internet service offered in urban centers like Vancouver and Victoria,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizen Services. “The network upgrade on Hornby and Denman will increase Internet access performance this year and prepare the islands for connection to the high performance Connected Coast network.”
KJ Millar | Journalist
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