THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Telus team installing the last little bit of fibre optics in town.

Telus and district confirm fibre optics installation soon to be finished

“Since announcing the TELUS PureFibre build, we encountered some unforeseen challenges,” says Telus.

The rest of Port Hardy residents will soon have fibre optics by the end of this year. The northeast side of the town was awaiting fibre optics installation for nearly over a year.

Liz Sauvé, media relations representative for Telus, said “since announcing the TELUS PureFibre build, we encountered some unforeseen challenges.”

“In order to bring the fibre optic cable directly to homes and businesses in Port Hardy, we need to dig and excavate to lay the fibre, and we encountered extensive amounts of limestone and blue rock that has been very challenging to dig around, and also had some challenges locating underground city service lines that we need to carefully work around to ensure we don’t disrupt them,” she added.

Sauvé had mentioned because of these challenges the company had to halt digging for a period of time until experts were brought in, who completed penetrating radar to locate all the district’s services underground. The Telus engineering team then had to modify their project.

Sauvé also mentioned that Telus had very much appreciated “the community’s patience as (Telus) worked with engineering experts to determine the best way to work around the limestone and blue rock, as well as preserve any underground city services, all while still delivering on our promise of connecting Port Hardy to the best network technology available.”

She noted that the District of Port Hardy has worked hand in hand with Telus to ensure the challenges could be dealt with. Telus is “tremendously grateful for their support on this unexpectedly complex build,” she pointed out.

“While it’s difficult to provide exact timelines given the complexity of this construction work and the possibility for more extreme weather as we head into the Fall and Winter months, as of right now, we expect to connect the final 313 homes directly to the TELUS PureFibre network by the end of this year,” Sauvé concluded.

According to chief administrative officer McCarrick, there were no resident complaints made on the issue.

Just Posted

Port Hardy Volleyball club requests funding from Port Hardy council

The sport of Volleyball is alive and well in the North Island,… Continue reading

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation takes the next step towards getting Trustee Road land

Seniors rejoice, Port Hardy council is very much in favour of helping… Continue reading

Should aquaculture programs be offered at North Island College in Port Hardy?

“I think it would be very timely to have an aquaculture program”

Island Health issues press release regarding Port Alice Health Centre service changes

Island Health will be hosting a community meeting in Port Alice Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in the rec centre.

Vancouver Island Regional Library wants to team up with the Town of Port McNeill to build a new multi-use facility

“A new library for the town, as you know, will quickly become an exciting hub of literacy”

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Committee member Russell Murray talks Oscar Hickes memorial hockey tournament

Oscar Hickes is taking place in Port Alice at the Doug Bondue Arena March 28-31.

LETTER: Is BC Hydro’s Step Two rate discriminatory?

“This charge is strictly a penalty and has nothing to do with the cost of energy.”

North Island Bantam Eagles hammer Nanaimo Clippers, finish playoffs strong

The Eagles wasted no time coming out and firing on the Clippers in the Feb. 9 game.

North Island Peewee Eagles win back to back games, move on to semi-final showdown

The Eagles are back Feb. 17 in a semi-final matchup against the Peninsula Eagles in Port McNeill.

Most Read