Fibre Optic Services
One of the many benefits of living in Nelson is that we own a power generation and distribution utility; Nelson Hydro. Not only does this benefit residents with some of the lowest electrical rates in North America, but it also allows us to run communications lines on the power poles. Very few municipalities have this opportunity.
Between 1998 and 2005 the city had the insight to connect Nelson Fire Rescue, Nelson Police, Touchstones museum, public works, Nelson Hydro, Nelson Public Library, and city hall, with fibre optics. This enabled the centralization of the phone systems, servers, and internet access, resulting in a savings of over $100,000 per year.
When Nelson Hydro migrated their downtown primary overhead distribution power lines to underground, the city took the opportunity to install additional communications conduit. These conduits now provide downtown businesses the opportunity to connect to a high speed fibre optic network.
In 2012, the Regional District partnered with the city of Nelson to run new fibre optic cable connecting their Lakeside offices with the community complex and city hall. The RDCK now saves substantially on communications costs and both parties benefit by sharing services such as GIS and communications.
In 2014, the city of Nelson and the Province of BC partnered to connect all of the schools and Selkirk College facilities over the fibre optic network. This opportunity allowed the fibre optic network to expand into Rosemont, Fairview, and Uphill. These educational sites can now benefit from speeds up to 1000 Mb per second to help provide learning tools to students and teachers within Nelson.
In 2015, the city started to provide the benefits of fibre optic technology to the local business community.
Now, any business that is interested in connecting is encouraged to first visit www.nelsonbroadband.com for applications, bylaws and other information, then call the city at the contact listed below for fibre installation estimates.
Allison Sutherland, Manager of IT and Fibre
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