Alex Harris is among the AFL employees working on the TELUS project to bring new fibre-optic service to Williams Lake and area.

Alex Harris is among the AFL employees working on the TELUS project to bring new fibre-optic service to Williams Lake and area.

TELUS fibre-optics almost ready

TELUS is almost ready to start lighting up Williams Lake with its new fibre-optic service.

TELUS is almost ready to start lighting up Williams Lake with its new fibre-optic service.

“We anticipate the first interested residents will be able to start signing up for TELUS products and services in April,” says company spokesperson Liz Sauve.

The map found at telus.com/williamslake is a great resource for people to look up when their area will be fibre ready, Sauve says.

“The map is constantly updated as we move through the build,” Sauve says.

“This is also the first time Optik TV will be available in Williams Lake, which gives residents more choice than they previously had when it comes to TV service.”

She says the new infrastructure is the most advanced communications technology available in the world today, and once the work is complete, connected homes and businesses will immediately experience dramatically faster Internet speeds.

In the long-term, she adds that families and businesses will have more than enough capacity to meet growing demand for generations to come.

She says TELUS is investing “millions and millions’’ in fibre-optic upgrades, specifically $8 million in the Williams Lake area, which during the building phase is generating a flurry of economic activity in the community which is great for local hotels and restaurants.

She says the fibre-optic build comes at no cost to taxpayers.

“There’s no clause about having to be an existing TELUS customer to get the build to your home, nor is there a commitment to purchase TELUS services once the build is complete,” Sauve says.

She says the system will enable local businesses to operate locally but compete globally, which TELUS expects will mean positive things for the community in attracting talented professionals.

“We’ve found there are a number of beautiful places across B.C. where people would want to live, but may not have the infrastructure necessary for people to start a flourishing business, or work remotely and from home,” Sauve says

“A lot of home owners have told us they feel the build adds value to their property, joining a small fraction of just four per cent of Canadian homes that are directly connected to fibre optic cables, offering access to world-class services and the most advanced technology available today and into the future.”