Faster internet service coming to Spider Lake area

Installation work is expected to start this month

Residents in the Spider Lake area will soon experience faster internet service.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), in partnership with the federal government and Telus, is helping to deliver improved internet connectivity to the area, it announced last week. Installation work is expected to start this month.

“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, communities across British Columbia and the rest of Canada can direct federal funding towards important infrastructure projects that address the most pressing needs of local residents and businesses,” said MP Jati Sidhu, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

In a written release distributed by the RDN, Sidhu added that faster internet in Spider Lake is an integral part of ensuring long-term personal and economic growth for the community.

Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, said that people rely on high-quality internet connection to keep in touch with their families, run their businesses and access vital services.

“The improvements to Spider Lake’s network will make a difference in the everyday lives of the people living in and visiting the region,” said Robinson.

Focusing on the region’s economic health is an important strategic priority for the RDN. Working with partners to bring reliable and faster internet services is both good for the residents in their homes and for businesses.

“We are appreciative of the federal Gas Tax Funds received that will help bring improved technology to the Spider Lake area,” RDN board chair Bill Veenhof stated in the release. “We are pleased with our recent success using a share of the funds received by the regional district to collaboratively improve services and connectivity in our region. The collaborative relationship we have had with Telus on this initiative has been exceptional.”

— NEWS staff and RDN release

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Courtesy of RDN Map of the areas in Spider Lake that will be receiving faster internet service.

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