MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says that Comox will soon benefit from stronger connections as high-speed internet construction completes

September 21, 2022 at 12:54 pm  Politics, Provincial

COMOX- NDP MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says that more people in Comox will be able to enjoy high-speed internet, as construction to lay subsea fibre optic cable around Vancouver Island completes the projects that were underway in Comox. The project is part of the government’s plan to connect every household in B.C., including rural, remote, and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet by 2027.

“The last few years have proven how important connectivity is for individuals, families, and businesses, and I am so glad that the Connected Coast network projects in Courtenay-Comox have been completed,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “This project creates solutions for communities and will ensure that residents can access stable and reliable internet, keeping them connected with the world.”

The project, which includes laying connective cable at various landing sites around Vancouver Island, wrapped up in Comox and Williams Beach this week.

These sites are part of more than 26 landing sites where the cable comes ashore. Currently, many residents living along the West Coast of BC and around Vancouver Island do not have access to reliable and affordable internet. Connected Coast will provide the necessary infrastructure for Internet Service Providers to connect businesses and households with world-class internet connections that will allow more opportunities for work, education, and connecting virtually with friends and family.

The $45.4 million Connected Coast project will run 3,400 kilometres of subsea fibre-optic cable along the coast of B.C., providing the necessary infrastructure to connect thousands of people and businesses in approximately 139 rural and remote coastal communities, including 48 Indigenous communities, with high-speed internet.

Learn more: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/connectivity-in-bc

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