The Connected Coast Project will provide subsea high speed fibre optic cable to communities along the BC Coast and around Vancouver Island. Once this ‘Backbone’ fibre reaches a community, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) will connect to the fibre cable. They then offer internet service directly to residential and commercial properties, providing a ‘Last Mile’ connection.
An ISP will complete fibre drops to properties by stringing fibre optic cable on existing utility poles or underground from the utility right of way directly to homes. A small access box will be attached to the outside of homes near other utilities. In most cases, the installation of last mile connections will be free of charge while crews are present in the community.
Whether property owners choose to purchase internet service or not, providing permission/approval for a property fibre drop is an investment, adding value and making homes or commercial building more attractive to future buyers and rentals.
Construction of last mile connections may not occur at the same time as the backbone subsea cable installation but is anticipated to be within months of each other.
- Fall 2021 – Construction of the last mile network and underground fibre drops to residential and commercial properties begins on Cortes Island
- Early 2022 – Construction of subsea cable
- 2022 – High speed internet services are expected to be available on Cortes Island
As construction progresses, points of connectivity will begin to go live in a phased approach. The first group of communities will be connected in 2021 and the last group of communities are expected to be connected in 2023.
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