Boosting Connectivity initiative

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has set a Universal Service Objective and Quality of Service standards for Internet access for all Canadians. Many rural Columbia Basin residents do not yet have access that meets these targets for speed and quality. The Boosting Connectivity initiative would close the connectivity gap for the nearly 2,000 households in its service area that are recognized as underserved.

The Boosting Connectivity initiative would upgrade the last-mile broadband infrastructure that connects residents, businesses, and anchor institutions to the Internet in the communities of Glenlily, Lister, Kingsgate, Kitchener, Kuskanook, Sanca, West Creston, Wynndel, Yahk, and Moyie. Customers elsewhere in the Creston Valley, including Creston Erickson, and Canyon, would also benefit from the enhancements. The initiative would deploy industry leading wireless  platform technology and fully upgrade the towers, access points, backhauls, and routers at 40 Swift Internet tower sites. Equipment shelters and power infrastructure would also be upgraded at these sites, as needed. The upgrades would allow Swift to meet or exceed Federal targets for speed and quality of access for all Internet users in these communities by April 2022.

Update May 2022

High-speed internet access for people and businesses in the Creston Valley area of the Kootenays is available after the installation of new wireless infrastructure.

“Every investment in connectivity is an investment toward our province’s continued success,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “The completion of this project is a step forward in our commitment to connect all remaining households in B.C. to high-speed internet by 2027, empowering people with the opportunity to succeed and contribute to our future.”

Upgraded fixed wireless infrastructure has been installed in areas near Glenlily, Huseroft, Kingsgate, Kitchener, Kuskonook, Moyie, Sanca, West Creston and Yahk. Upgraded infrastructure will allow the service provider to offer access to broadband internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads.

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