Government ponies up $200,000 to get high-speed Internet to Tahsis

Larger files including photos and video can be shared faster

The province is investing $200,000 to enable faster, expanded Internet service to people living in the Vancouver Island community of Tahsis.

Now that a new microwave broadcast system is fully operational, customers of Conuma Cable will benefit from reliable, uninterrupted Internet service.

Larger files including photos and video can be shared faster, making it  easier for businesses and residents to reach out to clients and loved ones.

Government has worked in partnership with local Internet Service Provider, Conuma Cable, to see this project through. The Province has invested $200,000 in this project to upgrade the infrastructure to ministry offices and local schools and help pay for a portion of the $400,000 cost to build the new microwave broadcast system. The other $200,000 has been provided by Conuma Cable, which has built and will operate the system.

The connection is being made possible through a partnership between Conuma Cable and Shaw Communications.

Tahsis’ new microwave Internet link is the first of two going live this summer on Vancouver Island, with the second community’s connection scheduled to go online in August.

Since 2001, high-speed Internet access has been expanded to communities throughout B.C. with total connectivity in the province increasing from 82 per cent to 93 per cent.

The province’s investment in this latest project is another step forward in the government’s commitment to achieve 100 per cent connectivity by 2021.