Yes. Property owners will not have to be connected to the network, however, we strongly recommend at least having the connection to your home completed Whether you choose to sign up with an internet service provider to use the connection is entirely your decision.
Access to high-speed fibre optic broadband internet is quickly becoming an essential utility around the world and by choosing not to at least have your property connected to the network, you may limit the future potential and access to this key infrastructure.
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The project would have several potential benefits:
Once the final agreement is reached with the consortium (targeted for the fall of 2021), we will have a more detailed schedule of construction and when residents will be able to access the network through an internet service provider.
Existing internet service providers, such as Telus and Shaw, will be able to use the network, as will any other service provider. In fact, residents could see more choice in service providers as a result of building an open-access network in Beaumont with the highest-speed infrastructure available.
We can’t say for certain. But with the potential for more providers offering internet service in Beaumont, consumers could see more competitive prices and service options.
We think an open-access network with the highest-speed infrastructure available commercially in the world makes a convincing argument to stay in Beaumont. The network also has the potential to attract new businesses and investment to Beaumont, meaning more customers for internet service providers.