Kaslo infoNet Society, established in 1996, is excited to announce a unique project to bring better broadband to the communities of North Kootenay Lake. With newly-announced funding from the Province of BC and Columbia Basin Trust, we will be running fibre-optic cable in the lake from a Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC) Point-of-Presence (POP) in Balfour, north to Ainsworth, Kaslo and other landing points. The provincial funding is via the “Connecting British Columbia” rural broadband program, which has been increased from $10M to a $50M total budget across the province, and is administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust. We have matching funding from CBT.
Then, with last-mile funding already secured last year from the same sponsors, as well as a “Canada150” federal Connecting Canadians Rural Broadband grant, and from the RDCK*, we will trench buried optical fibre cable to residents and businesses in Ainsworth, Fletcher Falls, Mirror Lake, Pine Ridge, Schroeder Creek and Lardeau – adding to the clients we already have served with Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in upper and downtown Kaslo. Other communities will follow soon in future years. We plan to have landing points at every populated shore point on the North Arm of Kootenay Lake before 2020.
We also obtained a recreation grant from the Village of Kaslo to improve services for the public Library.
KiN is a non-profit organization, created to benefit Kootenay Lake residents and run by Kootenay Lake residents. We serve over 300 wireless Internet clients between Ainsworth and Howser, and over 150 fibre clients in Kaslo. We are providing local support as your local ISP, and creating local jobs.
The Society is managed by a dedicated group of professionals who each bring a wealth of expertise to the board table, and have all volunteered countless hours toward this effort as Directors.
Come to our AGM, Saturday, May 13th at 1 PM at the Langham Theatre to learn all about it.
- Province of BC press release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017MTICS0018-001008
- CBT: http://ourtrust.org/fibre-going-underwater-for-northern-kootenay-lake-internet/
- Connecting Canadians – http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/028.nsf/eng/h_00587.html
- *RDCK: Regional District of Central Kootenay – (Area D): rdck.ca