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Image: The Hamiota, Yellowhead and Prairie View municipalities and the Park West School Division joined forces to form their own non-profit internet cooperative, with the goal of bringing high-speed internet to their communities

3 Manitoba municipalities create their own fibre optic internet service

Hamiota
Manitoba, Canada
Population: 1,288

Yellowhead
Manitoba, Canada
Population: 10,995

Prairie View
Manitoba, Canada
Population: 6,399

In Southwestern Manitoba, communities’ low debit internet resulted in poor quality phone calls and almost impossible to stream videos.

Challenge

Three communities needed to bring high-speed internet to their residents. CBC reports how, with an internet speed between 10 to 100 megabits per second the inhabitants could not make proper use of the internet. The goal was to increase the debit in order to provide a better user experience.

The Park West Fibre Optic Co-op was formed in April 2016 after the municipalities unsuccessfully seeked help from other levels of government.

Solution

The Hamiota, Yellowhead and Prairie View municipalities and the Park West School Division worked together to create their very own non-profit internet co-operative.
According to this article from CBC, from Inglis to Hamiota, going through Russell, Birtle ans Strathclair and also every school in the Park West School Division, a “backbone” fibre optic line has been built.

Results

Residents will have bandwidth of up to 1,000 Mbps instead of the previous speeds between 10 and 100 megabits per second. Faster internet is also key to attracting new businesses to the region, as well as retaining its current population.

This co-op is the latest example of Manitoba municipalities directly investing in improving internet infrastructure in their own communities without waiting for any help from higher levels of government. For example, the City of Winkler invested $500,000 in Valley Fibre, a company installing fibre optic lines to every residence and business needing it.

[This story is adapted from an article originally published by CBC News on August 7, 2017]

60-80%

Residents expected to subscribe to the service

$60

Price for a monthly subscription

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