A local internet company is seeking council’s support to offer high-speed internet connections at Paradise Valley and Upper Squamish Valley.
In partnership with the District of Squamish and the Squamish Nation, Basewireless plans to deliver high-speed internet to rural homes and First Nations community.
Base Technology has yet to apply for the funding, and support and consultation is required between all parties before any application for funding is even made.
In Phase 1, backbone fibre will be buried to the Cheekye Bridge and Squamish Nation.
In Phase 2 and 3, it will be installed on Squamish First Nations Territory, and Paradise Valley, followed by Upper Squamish Valley in Phase 4.
Improved access to online education, support for professional workforce to work from home and better connectivity for home-based business are some of the benefits, says the proponent in a letter seeking support from the district.
The high-speed internet will also enable more startups, increase property values, and help new families move to the communities.
The primary point of presence (POP) for this Internet project is the District of Squamish Landfill location.
A letter of support is needed from the District of Squamish to endorse this application. The council has sent a letter of support.
“The project will provide essential infrastructure for the future development of remote communities in and around the District of Squamish, specifically for Paradise Valley, the Squamish Nation community at Cheekeye and residents of the Upper Squamish Valley,” says the district.