Broadband Expansion in B.C. Provides Online Gambling Benefits

Published Friday, July 01, 2011 -

The deal, announced by the British Columbia government recently, is worth $100 million a year to Telus Communications Company. The 10-year contract will provide telecommunication services and expand wireless services. High-speed Internet is welcome news for residents in rural parts of BC. With high speed and the ability to quickly upload all the audio and visual effects of gaming software you can bet that online gambling will become more popular.
The British Columbia government has entered into a 10-year contract with Telus to expand wireless services and high-speed Internet in rural B.C., and provide government telecommunications services. The investment is about infrastructure. The average layman in rural BC understands that the government is not investing a billion dollars rather it’s the government is buying services. Telus is making the investments.
Stated in a letter of intent from a press release the Telus plans include substantial improvements to broadband access for government services and public sector partners. It aims to extend broadband access from 93% to 97% of BC residents. That means that about 119 designated communities will have their internet speeds improved. Rural residents can expect Internet connection improvements to be 10 times faster than the current speed some now have.
Telecommunications services by Telus will also be provided to B.C. Lottery Corporation,B.C. Hydro, ICBC, regional health authorities, and others. “It will deliver powerful education and health care connections in rural and urban communities alike,” said Telus spokesman Shawn Hall.
The former government contract with Telus to expand broadband in the province ended in 2008. Telus, which had been providing services under contract extensions, was the only company to bid on all nine bundles of services outlined in Victoria's request for proposals. The contract also includes, upgrading Internet access to high-speed fibre optic cables for almost 450 schools. Rival companies have 14 days to object to the arrangement.


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