Improved Broadband Access Will Spur Economy in Campbell River
Island Coastal Economic Trust
News Release | July 7, 2016
COURTENAY – A new open access municipal broadband network in Campbell River, funded by the City and the Island Coastal Economic Trust, will provide businesses in the downtown core with affordable access to high-speed internet.
High-speed internet is a necessity for most of today’s growth-oriented businesses, and people that depend on this technology are working beyond the boundaries of the tech sector of the economy.
Many businesses, including traditional resource-sector industries like forestry or mining have become high-tech operations that need to digitally transfer huge amounts of data like 3D renderings, detailed maps or other geographic information.
“We need to retain our existing businesses and enable them to grow in place,” explained Rose Klukas, Campbell River’s economic development officer. “We are also looking to attract and support technology and creative sector entrepreneurs – designers, programmers, software engineers, and more – and competitively priced, high speed broadband is a must-have.”