Sustainable Community Through Broadband

Community leaders from Olds, Alberta describe their vision to ensure that their community remains relevant to its local institutions and people. The process took a several years and succeeded because various local institutions decided broadband was a priority and working together was the only way to make it happen.

Lance Douglas, CEO of O-Net, describes the Fiber to the Home network they built as a giant community LAN; a gigabit network where a resident may, as Douglass said, “Store, secure and share your life.”

For less than US $90 per month, one can receive 1 gigabit downstream/upstream service, with bundling options of voice and video that reduce the cost of this broadband service. Douglas describes how the network has allowed them to retain businesses. Additionally, other local institutions have used the network in ways that hadn’t necessarily been envisioned.

Finally, Douglas touches upon the Broadband Communities’ Broadband Primer and how this tool helps them educate prospects about the value of an all-fiber network.

Images and photos courtesy of Calix, Inc.

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