TNRD board supporting Telus’ proposal to expand rural internet connectivity | Radio NL

Tea Thompson Nicola Regional District will send three letters of support to Telus, giving it the green light to ask the province for money to support increasing broadband connectivity to several communities within the TNRD.

CAO Scott Hildebrand says it’s just a proposal from Telus at this time with no financial implications to the board.

“Telus is seeking local government support for broadband connectively in installing a Pure Fiber Network in multiple communities within the TNRD,” he said. “It will be submitted to the provincial government for potential funding.”

The communities that would receive the high-speed internet would include 70 Mile, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Barriere, Savona, Logan Lake, Vavenby, Westsyde including Whispering Pines and Black Pines, and Chase.

Director David Laird asked about internet connectivity in electoral areas M and N near Merritt, with Hildebrand explaining this request is only for those specific communities.

“But I know for a fact, Rogers is looking into that area and has asked us many times for letters of support and information. I have seen a lot of their mapping and it includes many areas within electoral areas M and N,” he said.

“I think it’s Telus and Rogers trying to compete, but also stay in their own space right now.”

Meanwhile, Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell says he has had multiple conversations with Telus about this topic over the past week.

“This is part of a three-phase program by Telus to fill in Fiber Optic to direct houses, mostly in rural areas. What you are seeing right now is phase one, this is what the grants that they (Telus) are asking for letters of support on.”

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