Thursday, March 30, 2023

CityWest plans for Haida Gwaii Resiliency project outlined in correspondence to District of Port Edward

Prince Rupert based CityWest is seeking CRTC funding for a proposed
project towards Resiliency for Haida Gwaii
( map above from 
correspondence to District of Port Edward)

Port Edward residents got a heads up on some future CityWest plans this month, with the Northwest Communication company providing some background to their plans to develop Broadband Internet infrastructure, with Haida Gwaii the subject of their focus.

The details of the plan were relayed earlier this month, that through a correspondence from Lee Brain, Vice President of Community and Stakeholder Relations for the City of Prince Rupert owned City West.

As Mr. Brain explains it to Port Edward officials: 

CityWest is planning to propose the project Resiliency for Haida Gwaii, seeking funding from the CRTC's Broadband Fund.

If CityWest is selected for the the funding, the proposed project would provide a redundant subsea fibre link to Haida Gwaii as part of the Connect Coast network. 

In addition to Haida Gwaii, the proposed link would also enhance resiliency for other north coast communities such as Kitkatla, Oona River, Lax Kw'alaams, Prince Rupert (and strengthen the entire highway 16 telecom corridor) by providing an alternative network path in the event of damage to Connected Coast between Oona River and Hartley Bay.

The background to the project was part of a request for a letter of support from Port Edward towards the proposed project

The full correspondence was included as part March 14th Agenda items for the District of Port Edward, you can review it below:

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More notes on the Connected Coast initiative can be reviewed from their website.

The Connected Coast Winter update is available here.

A look at past CityWest themes can be explored further through our archive page.

1 comment:

  1. Hopefully they won’t put this new cable directly through some of the busiest commercial crab fishing grounds like they did the first time