People living between Jaffray and Roosville can now connect to the internet faster thanks to 60 kilometers of high-speed fiber optic cable installed in the south of the country.
Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) officials said ISPs can connect to this regional backbone to provide enhanced services to customers.
“Affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet connectivity is no longer a luxury; it’s a fundamental requirement for accessing information and services in today’s world,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust. “Too many basin communities continue to struggle with inadequate connectivity, and residents have clearly expressed the need to upgrade their services to the same level as those offered in more populated areas.”
CBT officials said the cable runs from Jaffray to the US border at Roosville and includes Yaq̓it ʔa knuqⱡi’it, Grasmere and Baynes Lake, plus an additional branch to Kragmont.
The project cost $2.8 million, including over $1 million from CBT, $420,000 from the East Kootenay Regional District and $1.4 million from the BC government.
“The completion of this project delivers on the Regional Connectivity Committee’s vision to bring equitable and affordable high-speed services to life across the region,” said Rob Gay, RDEK Board Chairman and Regional Committee Chair. of connectivity in southeastern British Columbia. “By taking big steps like this, we are ensuring the growth of rural economic development and sustainable, healthy communities.