CityWest Begins “dropping in” to Fraser Lake

Sep 14, 2021

CityWest acknowledges that we are expanding our services into the Traditional Territories of the Stellat’en and Nadleh Whut’en First Nations.

CityWest is announcing another expansion of its services, this time along the Highway 16 corridor at the Village of Fraser Lake.

Over the next few weeks, the company will begin its first stages of expansion into the community of Fraser Lake, with the goal of one day providing amazing customer services through fibre-optic Internet, TV, and phone. The estimated cost of the project is $2.1 million.

“We’re excited to partner with CityWest to bring fiber optic infrastructure to our community,” said Sarrah Storey, Mayor of Fraser Lake. “CityWest has been amazing to work with. They understand the needs of smaller communities dealing with connectivity concerns.”

The Village of Fraser Lake will leverage grant funding to pay for a portion of the build, meaning there will be no additional municipal taxes levied for the project. “This is an opportunity we could not let pass us by,” said Mayor Storey. “Bringing our community into the 21st century, especially in this time where we connect online more than ever, is vital for our businesses and residents. We believe this will support growth and the sustainability of our community.”

For the first stage of expansion, representatives with Fraser Lake and CityWest will be going directly to the doors and mailboxes of residents, to sign them up for their installation, and ask permission to bury a “drop” on their property. (A drop is the infrastructure that runs from the street to the customer premises.) Once that is complete, customers in Fraser Lake will have access to fibre-to-the-home services when CityWest links those connections to the backbone along Highway 16.

“It was fabulous working with our partners at Fraser Lake, because they truly understand the importance of connectivity, and they’re working hard to ensure their community is well-served,” said Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest. “We’re excited to show everyone in Fraser Lake how our amazing employees provide great customer experiences while providing them with state-of-the-art technology.”