SWERVE Article: Would you move to the town of Olds for its Gigabit Age internet speed? June 2015

Would you move to the town of Olds for its Gigabit Age internet speed?
KARISSA GALL FOR SWERVE

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“…The community of 8,600 about 90 kilometres north of Calgary completed the build-out of its gigabit-per-second bandwidth network in December. That means 2.65 million metres of fibre cable and 15 million metres of fibre optic strands now enable homes and businesses there to access the Internet at a full gigabit per-second for as little as $57 a month. What does that mean? The Internet in Olds is fast. Like really, really fast.

The network is the brainchild of the forward-thinkers who formed the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development. They were helped by the local government, which took a hand in ensuring it was brought to life. But when it was near completion, existing telecom companies declined the invitation to tap the network….”