High-speed internet is coming to Belcarra

Telus will spend $500,000 to install a high-speed gigabit-enabled fibre optic network in the village of Belcarra

Belcarra residents will soon be able to connect to Telus' high-speed gigabit-enabled fibre optic network.

The company announced Thursday a $500,000 investment that will link 90% of the homes in the area to the enhanced internet infrastructure.

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"Telus is very proud to be making this generational investment in Belcarra," said president and CEO Darren Entwistle.

He added the money is part of an $8-billion investment in technology and operations the company is making in B.C. over the next three years.

According to the company, the technology dramatically improves internet speed and is the most advanced communications infrastructure available. Since 2013, Telus has connected 125 communities in B.C., Alberta and Quebec to the fire-optic network and is planning on adding 50 Indigenous communities by the end of next year.

"We are delighted with Telus' investment in our village to provide residents with access to services and benefits previously unavailable," Belcarra Mayor Neil Belenkie said in a press release. He added the technology will "catapult Belcarra forward into a world where early detection of fires, improved cellular coverage, super-high-speed internet, home security, digital health and more will make Belcarra safer and improve our quality of life."

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