QUESNEL, BC, January, 2019 – ABC Communications (www.abccommunications.com), one of British Columbia’s largest privately held internet service providers, recently completed the Future is Now Project deploying fixed 4G LTE Internet services to many rural communities in B.C. The project led by Falko Kadenbach, vice president of ABC Communications, was made possible with the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and ABC Communications.
The project was started in the fall of 2015 and was completed in 2018, providing network improvements to numerous B.C. communities including Burns Lake, Cluculz Lake, Tache, Yekooche, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Lac La Hache, 92 Mile, Bridge Lake, Green Lake, Horsefly, Quesnel, McLeese Lake, Dugan Lake, Sherdian Lake, Lone Butte, 100 Mile House, Horse Lake, Gateway, Canim Lake, Bear Lake, Hixon, Prince George, Beaverdell, Rock Creek, Lumby, Little Fort, Copper Creek and Walhachin.
The project criteria set by the federal government at the time was to supply 5 Mbps services to these communities. However, ABC Communications committed to supply up to 15 Mbps as part of its project scope. Since then, ABC has expanded services in many of these communities to 25 Mbps because of the scalability of the LTE systems they installed as part of this project.
“By bridging the digital divide, we drive change in our rural communities and create equal opportunities for those choosing to live in rural parts of B.C.,” said Brian Coakley, former Cariboo Regional District Vice-Chair and Electoral Area L Director. “I am excited to see projects like this moving forward in the Cariboo, particularly in my own electoral area, and adding value to our local businesses.”
“Reliable high-speed internet access has become as important to our cities and towns as the roads that connect them,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “We’re working with local internet service providers like ABC Communications and other partners to expand connectivity in B.C.’s rural and Indigenous communities in order to grow the economy and improve services such as education, health care and emergency response.”
“Thanks to the work of ABC Communications, more than two dozen communities in central and northern B.C. have enhanced connections with the rest of the province and beyond. Reliable internet is so intertwined in day-to-day life that it is a necessary tool for people and their businesses to participate in the digital economy. These improvements will greatly benefit regional economies and emergency services. Northern Development is eager to see the positive effects of these infrastructure upgrades on individuals, communities and businesses throughout B.C.” said Joel McKay, CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Kadenbach added, “The speed at which telecommunications companies are investing in their networks to supply the ever increasing consumption of bandwidth is significant and only possible in rural and remote markets through the continuous commitment by the provincial and federal government to bridge the digital divide in Canada. Our next challenge is to reach the new 50 Mbps targets set by the Federal Government by 2021.”
About ABC Communications
ABC Communications is one of B.C.’s premiere internet service and communications solutions providers. ABC is celebrating 30 years in business in 2019. From humble beginnings in business phone systems they now can boast the largest privately owned internet network in B.C. With customers in every region of the Province they have grown to become a true B.C. success story. They offer Fixed Wireless over LTE, Cable and DSL Internet, Business and Residential voice solutions and IPTV services. Visit abccommunications.com for the full product suite
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