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Fort Macleod fibre optic project nears target

Fort Macleod is close to convincing a Calgary company to install fibre optic infrastructure for high speed Internet in town.
Just over 25 per cent of Fort Macleod homes and businesses have indicated their interest in fibre optic service.
“It looks good,” Town of Fort Macleod economic development manager Virginia Wishart said. “Its looks positive.”
Axia NetMedia Corp. will undertake the project if 30 per cent of Fort Macleod homes and businesses sign up.
With support slowly building in town, Axia has sent a municipal agreement for consideration by council.
The Town of Fort Macleod has been urging residents to sign on since council agreed in November to shoot for the 30 per cent target.
Once 30 per cent of homes and businesses have signed on, Axia will put Fort Macleod on its build-out list for 2016.
The miniscule wires in Axia fibre allow the maximum number of information “highways” in one line, each with the highest carrying capacity possible.
In order for Axia to put the infrastructure in a community, it must work with the company to have at least 30 per cent of households and businesses pre-order fibre optics.
Axia offers symmetrical speed, with a lowest package of 25 megabytes per second, fully committed at all times of day, for $69 per month.
Fort Macleod Mayor Rene Gendre has said fibre optic infrastructure is as important to southern Alberta as improvements to Highway 3.
Gendre said the transportation of “intellectual capital” — in the form of large files through the Internet is a vital piece of the town’s economic future.
Fast Internet service will attract companies, and also allow people to do work in Fort Macleod for companies based in Calgary and other centres.
“We can’t get left behind,” Gendre said of fibre optics.
Earlier this month Axia completed its fibre optic projects in Nanton and Nobleford, providing homes and businesses with high-speed Internet as good as, or better, than service offered in urban centres.
Each address has a dedicated, individual fibre line, linking directly from the network to the house or business.

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