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Friday, January 30, 2004

 

Alberta, Canada: City of Red Deer sells most of its' fiber network for inclusion in Alberta SuperNet

The City of Red Deer, Alberta has sold most of its' RedNet municipal fiber optic network to Bell West to be included in the much larger provincial SuperNet. Bell West is the prime contractor for the province; the SuperNet network, when complete, will span several thousand kilometres and link the province's schools, government facilities and hospitals. The City will retain a few fibers in each cable for its' own use.
Dan Newton, the city's information technology services manager, announced the new "partnership" between the city and Bell West Inc. in a news release on Monday. 'The City of Red Deer is thrilled to partner with Bell in bringing Alberta SuperNet to the community,' Newton said in the news release. 'The city is only using a small portion of the fibre it owns through RedNet (the city's existing fibre network). By selling excess fibre to Bell for Alberta SuperNet , we achieve our goal of developing a fibre network to all public sector buildings in Red Deer while recovering a portion of our capital investment.'

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