Work completed on Cariboo internet upgrades

ABC Communications now working towards 50 Mbps

ABC Communications says it’s completed deploying fixed 4G LTE Internet services to a number of rural communities, including Lac la Hache, 92 Mile, Bridge Lake, Green Lake, Sheridan Lake, Lone Butte, 100 MIle House, Horse Lake, Gateway and Canim Lake, among others.

“The project criteria set by the federal government at the time was to supply five Mbps services to these communities. However, ABC Communications committed to supply up to 15 Mbps as part of its project scope. Since then, ABC has expanded services in many of these communities to 25 Mbps because of the scalability of the LTE systems they installed as part of this project.”

Dubbed the Future is Now Project, the work was made possible with the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and ABC Communications.

In December, they announced similar upgrades would be coming for Deka Lake and Clinton.

RELATED: High-speed internet announced for Deka Lake, Clinton and Wells

Earlier in February, it also announced that it was working with up with Huawei Technologies Inc. to bring speeds of up to 100 Mbps to Lac la Hache (there has been some discussion about whether Canada will key allies in banning Huawei over security concerns).

RELATED: Lac la Hache will be getting double the internet speed soon

The currently completed project was started in the fall of 2015.

“Thanks to the work of ABC Communications, more than two dozen communities in central and northern B.C. have enhanced connections with the rest of the province and beyond. Reliable internet is so intertwined in day-to-day life that it is a necessary tool for people and their businesses to participate in the digital economy. These improvements will greatly benefit regional economies and emergency services. Northern Development is eager to see the positive effects of these infrastructure upgrades on individuals, communities and businesses throughout B.C.” said Joel McKay, CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Falko Kadenbach, Vice President of ABC Communications acknowledged the importance of government funding in making the improvements.

“The speed at which telecommunications companies are investing in their networks to supply the ever-increasing consumption of bandwidth is significant and only possible in rural and remote markets through the continuous commitment by the provincial and federal government to bridge the digital divide in Canada. Our next challenge is to reach the new 50 Mbps targets set by the Federal Government by 2021.”

The other communities where work has been completed are Burns Lake, Cluculz Lake, Tache, Yekooche, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Horsefly, Quesnel, McLeese Lake, Dugan Lake, Bear Lake, Hixon, Prince George, Beaverdell, Rock Creek, Lumby, Little Fort, Copper Creek and Walhachin


newsroom@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Business training funds still available for businesses impacted by 2017 wildfires

Businesses with less than 50 employees, less than $250,000 net profits eligible to apply for reimbursement of training expenses up to $10,000

Provincial government needs to fund search and rescue: CRD

CRD board wants NCLGA resolution calling on the province to ensure secured funding is in place for SAR groups

100 Mile House Soccer Association has more players signed up at this point than last season

Overall, the association has 140 kids signed up but the number to beat is 300

100 Mile House and District Council considers immigration pilot program

Over 30 communities will participate in Regional Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot Program

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

Most Read