Fibre optic internet is being looked at in the County of Grande Prairie. Some communities already have it, such as Hythe, but many County residents, family farms and businesses suffer from slow connections.
GP Optix, in partnership with GP Networks, made a presentation to County Council this morning.
Kobus De Jager with GP Networks is hoping to meet the government’s requirements for their Connect to Innovate program, which is providing $500 million to bring high-speed internet to rural communities across Canada by 2021.
“Wireless always is a challenging strategy to have in the County,” said De Jager. “Distance and stuff like trees, elevation and the environment (make wireless difficult). It will be a huge upgrade for the community, and also for the businesses and industry.”
“It will actually enhance your services in remote communities to the level of a city’s.”
Grovedale, Valhalla, Elmworth, Kelly Lake, Webster, La Glace, Woking and Hayfield are the areas being looked at.
The government has indicated they will provide feedback by the end of spring.
County Council also agreed to send a letter of support to the Connect to Innovate program on behalf of GP Optix and GP Networks.