Improved high-speed internet comes to Lytton

Lytton area residents and businesses will be able to access reliable high-speed Internet following the completion of two Lytton Area Wireless Society (Lyttonnet) connectivity projects worth $624,586.

The projects received $244,550 from the Connecting British Columbia program.

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Nearly 300 homes and many local companies are now better able to learn, do business, access services and stay connected through Internet speeds comparable with larger urban areas, the provincial government said in a news release.

The projects benefit the Village of Lytton, the Lytton First Nation, rural Lytton, and St. Georges Road.

The projects replaced aging infrastructure with a permanent and more reliable fibre solution and connected homes previously without Internet access because of terrain blocking line of sight connections with wireless towers. They are more than 95 per cent complete and should reach full completion before the end of January 2017.

Village of Lytton Mayor Jessoa Lightfoot praised the efforts of Lyttonnet to bring high-speed Internet to her community and the surrounding areas.

“On behalf of the Village and surrounding community, I wish to express our appreciation and congratulations to Lyttonnet for their determination and dedication in establishing Internet service for our citizens,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Over ten years ago, they invested their personal resources to help establish our wireless Internet. Since then they have continued to work to improve the scope and range of service. Recent upgrades of fibre cable to the Village of Lytton and surrounding area further enables citizens to have better access to internet service.”

Lytton First Nation Chief Janet Webster said, “We are very fortunate to receive newer and faster high-speed Internet services in our small community. Businesses, educational and personal users will be able to access better services from this project.”

Lyttonnet director Robert Richards said the projects were made possible by funding provided by the Connecting British Columbia grant program with support from the NDIT (Northern Development Initative Trust).

“It is a very exciting time for our small society,” said Richards. “It had long been a dream of ours to provide fibre-optic services and now that is a reality. Thank you NDIT for helping our small communities have urban internet.”

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart commented, “By investing in high-speed Internet in rural and remote communities like Lytton, we're making it possible to provide B.C. residents with improved economic opportunities, access to onlineeducation services and connections with family and friends, regardless of where they live. We rely on service providers like Lyttonnet to connect remote communities in order to reach our goal of providing high-speed Internet access to 100 per cent of British Columbians by the end of 2021.”

The Lytton First Nation communities benefitting from improved high-speed Internet access include Tuckozap 24, Klahkamich 17, Klickkumcheen 18, Nuuautin 2A, Nuuautin 2,Nuuautin 2B and Lytton 21A.

To date, more than 33,000 households in over 150 communities will receive expanded high-speed Internet access through the Connecting British Columbia program.

Connecting British Columbia is a $10 million grant program funded by the Province and administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust to expand and upgrade broadband connections in rural and remote communities throughout B.C.

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