The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has set a Universal Service Objective and Quality of Service standards for Internet access for all Canadians. Many rural Columbia Basin residents do not yet have access that meets these targets for speed and quality. The Boosting Connectivity initiative would close the connectivity gap for the nearly 2,000 households in its service area that are recognized as underserved.
The Boosting Connectivity initiative would upgrade the last-mile broadband infrastructure that connects residents, businesses, and anchor institutions to the Internet in the communities of Glenlily, Lister, Kingsgate, Kitchener, Kuskanook, Sanca, West Creston, Wynndel, Yahk, and Moyie. Customers elsewhere in the Creston Valley, including Creston Erickson, and Canyon, would also benefit from the enhancements. The initiative would deploy industry leading wireless platform technology and fully upgrade the towers, access points, backhauls, and routers at 40 Swift Internet tower sites. Equipment shelters and power infrastructure would also be upgraded at these sites, as needed. The upgrades would allow Swift to meet or exceed Federal targets for speed and quality of access for all Internet users in these communities by December 2021. CRTC goals for network scalability, sustainability, and resiliency would likewise be met.