Internet plan pitched

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Another internet service provider has made a pitch to improve service in the Smoky River region.

Town of Falher council heard a plan by Iwantwireless COO Glen Moore at its regular meeting April 12.

“We want to cover every household,” says Moore.

Iwantwireless plans to provide internet service 10 to 50 times faster than the current speed.

The company bought Serbernet and has a goal to serve the Peace region.

High-speed internet is a high priority for Falher and other communities in the Smoky River region.

“We’ve been doing this for the past three to five years,” Mayor Donna Buchinski says.

Moore wanted a letter of support from council for the proposed plan.

However, council wanted more written information.

“We need something in writing with what we’re supporting,” Buchinski says.

“Council will talk about it and get back to you.”

Smoky River Regional Economic Development [SRED] also has high-speed internet high on its list of priorities.

“Glenn wants to go to each council in the Smoky River region,” economic development officer Diane Chiasson says.

Moore plans to present the project to the M.D. of Smoky River, the Town of McLennan, the Village of Donnelly and the Village of Girouxville.

“We need to do something to keep our small towns viable,” Moore says.

When people consider moving out of a large city for a small community, they usually have one main question.

“Do you have internet?” Moore says.

“For many people, internet is more important than water.”

Iwantwireless has a plan to connect to every household and resident in participating communities.

“If they can’t afford it, we will give it to them,” Moore says.

“It’s more cost effective to do every household.”

After getting the initial service, he says most people with the basic service soon want to upgrade and get up to speed.

High-speed internet service is in growing demand as more people are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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