Xplornet announced on Wednesday it will be expanding high-speed internet to over 1,300 homes and businesses in Sundre, Alberta.
The project will be funded by Xplornet and also partially through the federal government’s Rapid Response Stream of the Universal Broadband Fund.
“We’re proud to continue investing in the province and to work with the Government of Canada to ensure that all rural Albertans can experience the benefits of fast and reliable Internet connectivity,” said Bill Macdonald, Executive Vice-President, Business Development, in a statement. “This is especially important as more of the world moves online, including how we learn, work and connect with family and friends. At Xplornet, we are committed to connecting rural Albertans to what matters through this new fibre network.”
Construction of the first phase of the project is expected to complete in June of this year, allowing over 100 homes and businesses to get connected to the new fibre-to-the-premise network, with other phases to be finished throughout 2022.
“We thank the Honourable Minister of Rural Economic Development, Gudie Hutchings, along with the Minister of Tourism, Randy Boissonnault, and the Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, George Chahal, for their unwavering support. We are thankful to Xplornet for making Sundre their community of choice, and for checking off one more box in making Sundre one of the best communities in Alberta to live and play in!”, said Richard Warnock, Mayor of Sundre.
Xplornet has other rural internet expansions underway, as part of its commitment to invest $500 million by 2025 for scalable fibre and 5G fixed wireless technology in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.