Leduc County partners with TELUS for Internet upgrades

Nisku businesses to see improved Internet connectivity through $2-million project

June 11, 2013 – Leduc County council approved an agreement with TELUS, during the regular council meeting on June 11,  to provide improved Internet connectivity to businesses in the Nisku Industrial Business Park.

The joint partnership includes a $1-million investment by each party to fund an extension of the existing fibre infrastructure in the park.

“Leduc County recognizes that Internet is a vital utility for businesses in today’s market and we look forward to improving our infrastructure in the Nisku Industrial Business Park to provide businesses with more cost-effective and accessible connectivity,” says General Manager of Community Services Rick Thomas.

TELUS will install fibre-optic cable from its central office, at 1806 4 Street, to 15 new cross connect cabinets located in the Nisku Industrial Business Park using its underground conduit system as well as the directional boring method. Construction is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2014.

“TELUS is pleased to partner with Leduc County on this project. Our infrastructure is the backbone that business in Nisku will use to continue competing locally, nationally and on the world stage,” says Yolanta Miller, general manager, TELUS. “TELUS’ $1-million investment in this project underscores our commitment of putting our customers first by expanding and enhancing our advanced communications technology in the area.”

Leduc County will contribute $500,000 up front for this project, followed by $250,000 when the directional boring for the project is 75-per-cent completed and the final $250,000 when the construction of the project is completed.

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