Trevena urges campaign for high speed internet

For Immediate Release, 30th May, 2016

Campbell River – North Island MLA Claire Trevena is asking people to show they want high speed, fibre optic, internet.

Telus is assessing where it will expand in the coming years and Trevena is urging people to show that their North Island home needs that high speed link.

“It is – literally – just a click away,” said Trevena. “Telus is collecting the information and will decide its expansion from the response it receives. We all need to tell the company that what is provided at the moment is not good enough – we want that fibre connection directly to our homes and our businesses like tens of thousands of other British Columbians enjoy.

“People and communities in the North Island are falling behind because they don’t have that fibre technology coming directly to their homes or their business. Even in the Mount Waddington region where new fibre was laid, the connection from the hub to people’s home is copper which is much slower.”

The page to go to for your say on the future roll out can be found at https://fibre.telus.com/iwantfibre/#overbuild_form. Telus says it is trying to prioritise places most interested in getting to fibre optic. No North Island community is on the list for prospective fibre connections at the moment.

“We all know how essential high speed connectivity is for all aspects of life. Whether it is businesses and economic development, education or entertainment, it is integral to our society. Telus needs to know that we want access to contemporary communications,” said Trevena. “And it is easy to get our voices heard.”

Trevena will also continue to urge the BC government to invest more in connectivity to ensure North Island communities have both broadband internet and cell coverage.

Mary Carstairs, Constituency Assistant 250-287-5100