Broadband fibre utility partners with School District 8

The City of Nelson fibre utility is partnering directly with the Kootenay Lake school district.

The City of Nelson fibre utility is partnering directly with the Kootenay Lake school district to deliver high-speed fibre circuits between seven local schools.

In turn, the school district will partner with Telus and the Ministry of Education to deliver technology solutions and faster Internet to students, using the province’s Next Generation Network.

The partnership between the city and school district eliminates the existing network middleman the province of BC and provides the district with direct network management and control of their fibre interconnectivity between Nelson schools.

The Next Generation Network is a partnership with school districts, the provincial government, Telus and IBM, the primary service providers. Launched in March 2014, the multi-year investment in BC classrooms will be fully operational by March 31, 2017, with over 75 per cent of sites completed by March 31, 2016.

“The rollout is one of multiple initiatives the province is leading to bring accessible, fast, and reliable connectivity to all British Columbians,” says Chris Hauff of the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “Telecommunications providers throughout the province are key partners in reaching that goal.”

The contract has awarded Nelson Fibre the seven SD8 circuits, which includes Central Education Centre, SouthNelson elementary school, Trafalgar middle school, Hume elementary school, Rosemont elementary school, L.V.Rogers secondary school and the Lakeside maintenance facility.

“Nelson Fibre supports SD8 fully in their innovative approach to manage their own Nelson Fibre connected network,” says Allison Sutherland, the city’s manager of information technology and fibre network. “We’ve been working on securing this fibre circuit joint proposal with SD8 since December and we are very excited with the successful result.”

Sutherland adds that the city was advised during the Ministry of Education’s evaluation process that SD8 was the only school district in the province that submitted a proposal to manage their own fibre connected network.

Nelson Fibre doesn’t provide service outside city limits, therefore Telus will be SD8’s firewall and gateway partner beyond Nelson.

“We also look forward to building new partnerships with Telus,” says Sutherland, “and enhancing relationships with local businesses and service providers.”

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