Virtual Town Hall: Fibre Optic Connectivity to the Industrial Park - April 27
As a property owner in either the Sherring or Churchill Industrial Park, we are hosting a town hall event to advise you about the high level plans to bring fibre optic connectivity to your industrial property. Beware of any offers coming your way that sound "too good to be true" of free connections rates! We can explain why here!
The City of Lethbridge has heard clearly from the business community in Churchill and Sherring industrial parks that they are being hampered in their business with poor communication functionality being provided through traditional sources. As a result, when Lethbridge City Council became aware of the opportunity to direct funding to priority community projects through the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, they directed City staff to immediately investigate the opportunity to improve fibre optic communication infrastructure. A successful grant application has made the funding available to install a high-
bandwidth, or high- speed, fibre optic- based communications network throughout the two industrial parks. This initiative will ensure that all entities within the plan area will have ready access to the communications functionality required to run and grow their businesses today and into the future. Fibre optic communications is a “future proof” technology enabling business to participate in cloud computing options, video conferencing, and many other digital economy functions which have become absolutely critical during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue on post pandemic.
Planning of the new fibre optic network is underway. A competition to determine the detailed design and then building of the network will begin by mid-April. Construction is scheduled to begin by July 1, 2021 with the system complete and ready for use by December 31, 2021. Fees for the service will be determined through studies which will occur over the next two months, and we will have that information available for you by June.
In addition, you can keep up to date on the project status by going to: