The Town of Canmore sees broadband internet service as a major contributor to the future of the Canmore’s residents and businesses. Broadband internet increases the speed at which data can get to you from the rest of the world and you can send it back.
We have conducted a study to determine the best way to deliver high-speed internet connections for everyone in the community. As a part of this study we gathered information on what type of connections are available in areas throughout the town and how the internet is used. The study can be found here: pdf Broadband Strategic Plan (12.75 MB)
What is Broadband Internet?
Broadband internet is reliable and cost-effective gigabit capable internet services with a specific focus on fibre optics. Broadband internet connections typically deliver connection speeds in the range of 100 – 1,000 megabits per second in both download and uploads simultaneously. Connections based on this technology would be able to see a further increase in speed in the future using the same network.
What is Currently Available in Canmore?
Connections that are currently available in Canmore are based on copper wiring and are currently limited to maximum speeds of 150 megabits per second downloads and 15 megabits per second for uploads. IBI Group conducted an online Survey and Speed Test from Aug. 8 to Sept. 10, 2017. The survey polled both residential and commercial broadband users. The speed test results showed that for the most part, broadband services across the Town were below average with respect to Canadian averages and well below the CRTC’s 2016 established service standard.
What Can You Do With Broadband Internet?
Broadband internet increases the speed at which data can get to you from the rest of the world and you can send it back. Not only does this improve web browsing and email, it can be used to improve streaming services such as video, music and movies. Businesses, including residents working from home will benefit as lag time working on remote systems would be greatly reduced. Businesses will also be able to use broadband to improve connections with their customers, make products and services more accessible online and improve processing of credit card transactions. Organizations will also be able to take advantage of hosted or cloud-based systems to support their operations. The hospitality sector can benefit by providing better internet access to guests.
Can Existing Internet Service Providers Deliver Broadband?
Canmore currently has internet access provided by telecom and cable companies at speeds lower than what we are defining as broadband. Part of this study is to investigate the capacity and willingness of these companies to provide full broadband services to the community.
Alberta Example - Olds
The Town of Olds has a population of 9,184 and implemented broadband in 2013 by starting a separate organization named O-NET. Olds currently has connections of 1,000 megabits per second available to both businesses and residents for $105 per month. You can check into their available online services at http://o-net.ca/plans