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Tuesday, September 09, 2003


Alberta, Canada: provinical SuperNet press release

"Fibre will help bring high-capacity network to 588 sites in 88 communities"

"Bell West Inc. and Northern Fiber Inc. today announced that construction of fibre-optic cable is underway between Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Camrose, Vegreville, Vermilion, Lloydminster and Wainwright. Bell, prime contractor for Alberta SuperNet, has hired Northern Fiber to complete the 525-kilometre build. Bell will use the fibre to connect the communities for Alberta SuperNet and Bell's growing base of business customers."

"The Edmonton-Lloydminster network leg is expected to be operational by year-end. It will help bring Alberta SuperNet to 228 schools, 141 provincial government offices, 74 health facilities, 64 libraries and 81 municipal government offices ..."

"Alberta SuperNet is a Government of Alberta initiative to build a broadband network linking 4,700 libraries, schools, hospitals and provincial government offices in 422 communities province-wide by mid-2004. In addition, commercial service providers in areas which currently do not have high-speed connectivity options will be able to access Alberta SuperNet at current market rates, bringing competitive broadband services to most Alberta businesses and residences, whether they are in rural or urban areas. The Government of Alberta is investing a maximum of $193 million over three years to build the sustainable and scaleable network."

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