The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce is urging various organizations to consider creating a redundant fibre optic line to service the Peace River Region.
There is currently only one line coming into the City providing Internet services to many of the community’s businesses. So, if the line is damaged in any way, businesses face a loss of productivity and/or revenue while service is disrupted, says Andrew Tylosky, the Chamber’s director.
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He says these types of problems can have big impacts on business, adding that potential businesses may reconsider coming to the region if similar problems persist.
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Tylosky says the Chamber is asking the area’s Internet service providers and all levels of government to team up to provide a second cable for the area. He suggests the secondary line run up from Prince George.
The second line would help minimize the possibility of the area being without Internet if one of the cables is cut.
However, the decision to create a second fibre optic line would be expensive. Tylosky estimates that the cost could be in the millions or even tens of millions of dollars.