CityWest wishes to acknowledge this announcement concerns plans for expansion on the unceded traditional territory of the Nuxalk First Nation.
Today, CityWest has announced that it will be collaborating with the Central Coast Communications Society (CCCS), an Internet services provider based in Bella Coola.
The collaboration will make it possible for the Bella Coola valley to be connected to a world-class fibre-to-the-home network – a vision shared by both organizations.
“This official collaboration will empower us to extend service through the rest of the valley, to execute on the society’s greater vision for connectivity, and to create some amazing opportunities within our business for the staff with CCCS,” said Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest.
The geographic coverage of this collaboration includes Bella Coola, 4 Mile, Hagensborg, and the territories of the Nuxalk First Nation.
“We’re very happy to strike this deal with CityWest, a company that values local customer service as much as we do, and because of the benefits it brings to our communities,” said James Hindley, the Network Administrator & Executive Director of CCCS. “With this collaboration, we’ll not only build a great fibre-to-the-home network, but we’ll also see local employment of our existing technicians, and local governance will be maintained.”
Backhaul bandwidth will be available to the area through the Connected Coast project, which is expected to land in Bella Coola by the beginning of 2022. The fibre-to-the-home network will be constructed shortly afterwards, which will bring last-mile services to the residents and business of the Bella Coola valley.