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Vernon to gain fastest Internet service

September 15, 2016 11:21 A.M.


Vernon is set to become the most connected community in Western Canada.

Earlier this year, TELUS announced it is investing $35 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Vernon directly to its fibre optic network. Construction began this spring, and TELUS anticipates connecting all homes and businesses before the end of the year.

Vernon is the first city to have access to the fastest home Internet speeds TELUS offers – 250 Mbps upload and download speed.

On Sept. 21 at Schubert Centre, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a seminar to explain what benefits such technology presents.

“Very simply, local businesses will be more productive leaving more time to dedicate towards growing their business, linking all their devices onto one platform, spending more time with customers and less time waiting,” said Dan Rogers, chamber general manager.

Larry Vanderveen, senior market manager, broadband networks and fibre optics for Telus is scheduled to present to business and community leaders interested in learning how the upgrade will benefit business, the community and the local economy.

“Whether you operate a home office or a bricks and mortar location, an improved business network will enable you to access some of the fastest and most consistent Internet speeds in North America,” said Rogers. “Faster Internet helps deliver seamless business efficiencies including quick upload speeds, enhanced point of sale processing, file sharing and easier online collaboration.”

For more information or to purchase tickets for the breakfast seminar, contact the chamber office at 250-545-0771.

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