High-speed Connectivity

Basin residents have told us that high-speed internet is important to them. This is why one of our strategic priorities is to make high-speed internet connectivity available throughout the region. We are working toward this through our wholly owned subsidiary, the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation.

When it comes to internet service, the words “broadband” and “high-speed” essentially mean the same thing. Different broadband services may connect users to the internet in different ways, but they all offer high-speed service.

The Trust’s broadband network is a linked series of fibre optic cables made up of many glass strands, each about the thickness of a human hair. The fibre is located both under- and above ground on telephone poles across the Basin. To transfer much information at once, the system converts the data into light signals that move at high speed and high volume.

Communities or service providers can then connect to the Trust’s network, which enables them to offer high-speed service.

We work with service providers in several ways to help them deliver service to their customers. Learn more here.

How can I find out about getting higher-speed internet access to my home or business?

Your local internet service provider can tell you how you can access the network. We do most of our work behind the scenes, which means we generally don’t deal directly with end users. Learn more here.

This is a list of active projects the Trust is working on. Click on one of the links below to find more details about each project.

Slocan Valley Fibre Optic Backbone Project
The project will connect to the existing regional network passing by
Playmour Junction and will have Points of Presence (POPs) in Playmour Junction and the Villages of Slocan, Silverton, New Denver and Nakusp.

Read more about this project here.
South Country Fibre Optic Backbone Project
The project will connect to the existing regional network passing by
Jaffray and Elko and will have a Point of Presence near the border in
Roosville. This project will also assist in delivering better connectivity to the Tobacco Plains community.

Read more about this project here.
Kimberley to Wasa Fibre Optic Backbone Project
The project will connect to the existing regional network passing by
Kimberley and Wasa.

Read more about this project here.
Fruitvale to Nelson Fibre Optic Backbone Project
The project will connect to the existing regional network passing by
Fruitvale and Nelson.

Read more about this project here.

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