PRINCE RUPERT – Today, after much collaboration, CityWest announced plans to acquire the Ragged Edge Community Network Society (RECNS). The non-profit society, which operates in Northern Vancouver Island, has been servicing rural clients and remote local businesses with wireless Internet services since 2006.
CityWest will take over the existing infrastructure that Ragged Edge has managed, providing services to customers in Sointula, Hyde Creek, Telegraph Cove, Holberg, Quatsino, Zeballos, Ehattesaht First Nations, Gilford Island, and areas surrounding Port McNeill.
“Ragged Edge Community Network Society (RECNS) has been proud to serve the existing communities of the North Island region for the past 17 years. We look forward to the evolution of enhancement in the communities and to be part of improving Internet connectivity by working with CityWest in the North Island region.” – Annie LeBlanc, Office Manager of RECNS.
CityWest has previously announced expansion plans to several communities where Ragged Edge operates. The collaboration between these organizations will ensure that Ragged Edge customers will not lose services, and many clients will receive improved connectivity through fibre-optic Internet, TV, and phone services.
“We are very excited about our collaboration with Ragged Edge. The team has done a tremendous job providing services to their rural and remote customers over the past 17 years. CityWest is honoured to work alongside the Ragged Edge Community Network Society on a plan for better connectivity in their communities.” – Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest.
In the short-term, Ragged Edge subscribers can expect a smooth transition when CityWest takes over their network. Customers will not notice a change in their bills or existing services.
CityWest would like to thank Ragged Edge Community Network Society’s board of directors and staff for their collaboration during this process.