ABC Communications, one of British Columbia’s largest privately-held internet-service providers, recently deployed internet services to Troll Resort – a small resort community east of Quesnel.
The project, led by Falko Kadenbach, vice-president of ABC communications, was made possible with the support of local governments, Network BC, and Telus.
“By bridging the digital divide, we drive change in our rural communities and create equal opportunities for those choosing to live in rural parts of B.C.,” says John Massier, Cariboo Regional District vice-chair and Electoral Area C director.
“I am excited to see projects like this moving forward in the Cariboo, particularly in my own electoral area, and adding value to our local businesses.”
Hildur and Len Sinclair, owners of Troll Resort, describe the addition of high-speed internet as a step in the right direction to build their community by attracting more seasonal and full-time residents.
“We are extremely happy to have access to fast, reliable internet for everyone in our community,” says Hildur.
“It is so important for us to be able to update our website with current conditions and promote our business on social media. This new service allows us to do that.”
Troll is a popular recreational destination and part of the surrounding area of Quesnel. Mayor Bob Simpson adds: “Broadband internet is an essential service these days, especially for tourism-based communities, such as Troll Mountain.
“The development of internet services at Troll will foster economic growth and create sustainability for future generations that enjoy the surrounding area of Quesnel.”
The initial infrastructure installation provides services to the immediate businesses and residents surrounding the resort. With plans to further develop services to the neighbouring subdivision by 2019, ABC plans to deploy LTE services that will be capable of 50 Mbps.
“As a kid I skied at Troll and now I am skiing there with my children,” says Kadenbach.
“By bringing broadband internet to this community, we will create opportunities for businesses, distance learning, telecommuting and the residents that want reliable and affordable internet services.
“There are many people who spend time at Troll and want their children to grow up skiing and spending time on the slopes. Broadband internet is a vital part of making that possible by providing the connection to work, education and entertainment.”