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General News · 10th May 2018
Carol Lewis
Reprinted from The Bird’s Eye, Quadra Island

Connected Coast website launched

A new website has been set up to keep the public up-to-date with the mammoth
Connected Coast internet project. The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) and CityWest have launched the website at www.connectedcoast.ca
The Connected Coast project will see the placement of over 3,400 km of subsea, high-speed fibre-optic cable from north of Prince Rupert, to Haida Gwaii, south along the coast to the Vancouver terminal, then around Vancouver Island. It will provide the ability for up to 154 communities, including Quadra Island [editor's note: & Cortes Island] and 56 First Nations communities, to connect to high-speed internet.
Through the website it will be possible for people to access current information and maps, as well as links to the project funding partners. It is also possible to sign up for instant project updates.
“We officially launched the website at the BC Broadband conference and we are excited to be able to start sharing more project information,” said Victoria Smith, manager of Strategic Initiatives at the SRD. “The Connected Coast project is an amazing opportunity for coastal BC residents and will change the way rural and remote communities are able to live and communicate with the world.” This website will now serve as an important tool to share information about the project.”
The SRD is working on this project together with CityWest, which has been providing internet services to rural and remote communities in northern BC and has years of experience in providing reliable, high-speed access to the internet. “We are excited to partner with the SRD on this project which has two key benefits for us.”
The first is providing additional routing opportunities should service on one line be disrupted. The second is that it allows us to provide service to more communities who currently have no access,” said Donovan Dias, Vice President of Sales and Project management at CityWest.“We hope that area residents visit the new website, get engaged and let us know your thoughts.”
Funding for the project was announced in January, with a timeline for completion set at two to three years.
- with files from SRD

5G
Comment by Mary-Lu Lorenson on 13th May 2018
People need to understand that this "high speed" connection that will be using the fiber optic installations for Telus to place on every third or four pole a mini-cell for the newest technology 5G. The frequencies are so fast that the distance for transmissions are very short, hence the usage of out telephone poles.telephone poles.

For those who may be sensitive to EMF this will prove to be very difficult health wise for them. The penetration will be wide spread and unavoidable.

Victoria has 5G installed. Time will tell for effects of this crazy powerful system for people to put two and two together symptoms wise.
Thx Max
Comment by Ester on 11th May 2018
I added a note to the text to clarify that it does include Cortes.
cortes too!
Comment by max on 11th May 2018
the article specifically mentions Quadra Island, which made me think 'not cortes'. But that's just cause the article was written for Quadrites. Cortes is on the map with cable landings in whaletown, manson's and klahoose.
FYI.