Our world increasingly depends on the Internet for education, health care, commerce, entertainment, news, and of course, human-to-human interaction. Any community without access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet is relegated to 21st-century backwater status. Nowhere is the challenge of providing high-speed internet service to citizens more daunting than in remote rural communities and regions — welcome to the Columbia Basin, and particularly the North Kootenay Lake region!
The fact that Kaslo infoNet is able to provide such service to residents in our area is due to the hard work and vision previous and current KiN board members and supporters have provided. As we move forward with our current three-year expansion program, there are others we must also thank.
50% of the $468,000 in funding earmarked for our new build-out is provided by the Government of Canada. The balance comes from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC), a subsidiary of the Columbia Basin Trust, the Village of Kaslo — and KiN. Certain equipment not covered by the Federal funding – but necessary to bring Internet service to individual homes and businesses – is funded by the Province of British Columbia, through the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
This project is coordinated by CBBC as part of an initiative that involves network construction across the Basin involving many local Internet service providers, including KiN. CBBC has been particularly helpful by making it possible for KiN to begin work in advance of receiving federal funds. Our sincere thanks go out to all our funding partners. Their generous support helps us ensure residents, businesses, and organizations of the North Kootenay Lake region are able to fully benefit from secure, competitively priced high-speed Internet access.