Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson speaks on the installation. (Submitted)

Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson speaks on the installation. (Submitted)

High-speed internet goes online in the Creston Valley

The new wireless infrastructure makes download speeds of 50 megabits per second possible

After two years of endless Zoom calls and relying on virtual ways of connection, Creston Valley residents now have access to reliable high-speed internet.

Announced June 1, internet service providers can now offer residents access to broadband speeds of 50 megabits per-second (Mbps) for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads.

“The past two years have highlighted how reliable high-speed internet service is critical to access services including work, school, health care and community events,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston.

The upgrade is part of a provincial goal to make high-speed internet available to all households in B.C. by 2027. The Connecting British Columbia program currently includes 164 approved projects.

This particular upgrade in the Kootenay town cost an estimated $1.7 million, predominantly funded by the federal and provincial governments. The regional districts of East Kootenay and Central Kootenay provided a combined total of about $105,000, and Swift Internet Inc. contributed $315,000.

Kitt Santano, president of Swift Internet Inc., stated the company’s investment is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We felt a responsibility to invest in upgrading our network,” said Santano.

“Federal, provincial and local government programs all contributed to bringing reliable, affordable high-speed internet to close to 1,500 underserved households. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Other nearby communities to receive high-speed internet include West Creston, the East Shore, Yahk, Glenlily, Huscroft, Kingsgate, Kitchener, Kuskonook, Moyie, Sanca, and West Creston.

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