TELUS to Bring Fibre Optic to Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Charlie Lake

TELUS has announced it has plans to expand its fibre optic network to Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Charlie Lake in British Columbia.

The company will invest $10 million to bring the faster Internet—with speeds up to 150 megabits per second—to Dawson Creek, with planning currently underway and construction to being this spring, with all work expected to be completed by year end.

In Fort St. John and Charlie Lake, $18 million is earmarked to connect over 90 percent of homes and businesses with fibre optic, with a similar timeline as Dawson Creek.

Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks, said in a statement “Along with enhancing the connectivity residents enjoy in their homes, this investment will dramatically enhance the speeds and capacity available to local businesses both small and large, enabling entrepreneurs and organizations to thrive locally while reaching global audiences through the growing digital economy.”

TELUS says these announcements are part of the company’s $4 billion commitment to invest in BC through 2018, which it notes “at no cost to taxpayers”.

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  • JB

    So fibre is great and all, but it doesn’t really do consumers any good as long as Telus doesn’t boost the speeds. Even in fibre areas now, the plans are all the same DSL-level 150/15 mbps junk. And without any real competition, I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

  • Stroodle

    Junk?…perhaps, but I’m living with 0.6 – 1.2/0.7 mbps with no other option – this is with Telus on a plan that states “Up to 6.0 mbps”. I would almost kill for those “Junk” speeds!

  • JB

    Ha, well, yes, I feel your pain. A reliable 150mbps is good… but certainly doesn’t do much to empower innovation, especially when held up next to the gigabit services elsewhere (like Nelson, BC, of all places).