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Media Release | TELUS investing $5 million to connect Village of Pemberton homes and businesses directly to advanced fibre optic network

Posted on July 24, 2018

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2018

TELUS investing $5 million to connect Village of Pemberton homes and businesses directly to advanced fibre optic network
Direct fibre connection will dramatically boost data capacity, providing local homes and businesses access to the gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network

Pemberton, B.C. – TELUS and the Village of Pemberton are collaborating to bring the world`s most advanced communications infrastructure to residents and businesses in the area. In addition to TELUS` investment, the Village of Pemberton and the local development community are investing $250,000 to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Pemberton directly to the gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network. Planning work is currently underway, and TELUS anticipates connecting all new developments in the Village by the end of this year, and the remainder of homes and businesses in 2019.

Pemberton’s contribution towards the infrastructure was made possible through generous contributions from Pemberton’s development community; Alpi Group, Alture Properties (Crestline), The Ridge at Pemberton (580049 BC Ltd.), Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd., and Tiyata Village at Pemberton. 

At no cost to the Village’s tax base, this infrastructure project will connect each home and business directly to the TELUS PureFibre network, future proofing each premise with access to blazing fast Internet speeds and enough bandwidth for generations to come.

The gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network is among the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today, enabling residents to immediately take advantage of dramatically faster Internet speeds of at least 150 megabits per second, while businesses, schools, healthcare providers and other institutions can access even more speed and capacity. The TELUS PureFibre network offers symmetrical service, which means customers can upload just as fast as they download, which provides significant benefits for applications like video conferencing, home security, gaming and remote healthcare. As demand and Internet technologies evolve in the coming years the TELUS PureFibre network will continuously offer faster speeds and more capacity.

This new fibre optic infrastructure will also be the backbone of TELUS’ wireless network, enabling more wireless capacity and faster speeds throughout the region, and laying the groundwork for 5G technologies in the years ahead.

This investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $4.7 billion throughout British Columbia between 2017 and 2020, at no cost to taxpayers. A direct connection to the PureFibre network comes at no cost to residents, nor is there any obligation to purchase TELUS services once connected. For more information, please visit telus.com/purefibre.


“Fibre is the future. As Pemberton grows, this new connectivity will boost the local economy by encouraging investment and helping local businesses thrive, whether they’re established large operations or small home-based start-ups. For households, a direct fibre connection will pave the way for next-generation home entertainment and innovative smart-home technologies that promise to transform our homes and enrich our lives in ways we’ve yet to imagine. The support of the Village of Pemberton and its development community has been integral in enabling this investment, and we look forward to working collaboratively with Pemberton and like-minded communities as we expand our PureFibre network across the province.” - Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks, TELUS

 “The Village is thrilled that our residents and businesses will now have access to TELUS’ fibre optic network.  This network will enable our local businesses to operate to their fullest potential, while attracting future economic opportunities in the Pemberton area.  Residents and home-based businesses will be able to reliably and affordably connect globally allowing us to compete in the digital economy.  We thank TELUS for this important investment in our community and we are grateful to our development community for covering the community’s matching portion.”     - Mike Richman, Mayor, Village of Pemberton 

"We are pleased and excited to have the capabilities resulting from the TELUS Fibre Project as welcome addition to our real estate product offering. In this day and age, technology needs and capacities are at the forefront for real estate developers and what they wish to offer their residential and commercial clientele, particularly in a community such as Pemberton. The TELUS Fibre Project will ensure the customers in our planned mixed-use development will have ready access and speed to meet their present and future needs. It's great to see this level of foresight and collaboration between the Village of Pemberton and TELUS and we are happy to have participated to do our part in making this a reality." -Piero Ferronato, President, Alpi Group of Companies

 “We put people first whether it’s a homeowner, a community, or our internal stakeholders; it’s our passion to create value, and the CRESTLINE is an example.  We are innovating a high performance, low energy, building which should provide long term benefits for it's owners”.  -Stephen Duke, Executive Vice President, Alture Properties Ltd.

“The Village of Pemberton has worked hard to improve the internet connectivity in Pemberton. We appreciate the work that the Village Staff and Elected Officials have put in to achieve this solution and Sunstone is more than happy to be a contributor to the TELUS upgrades that will benefit the entire community.” -Cam McIvor, Development Manager, Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd.

“We are pleased that the Village, in partnership with TELUS and our financial contributions, are able to bring Fibre Optics to Pemberton, we see this as a game-changer”. -Bruce van Mook, Owner, Tiyata Village at Pemberton 

“The Ridge is proud to Partner with TELUS and the Village of Pemberton in the TELUS FIBER project - a project that will benefit all of Pemberton.  Thank You for allowing us at the Ridge to be of service to this Great community.”   -Warren Biro, Owner, The Ridge at Pemberton 

About TELUS | www.telus.com

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $13.1 billion of annual revenue and 12.9 million subscriber connections, including 8.8 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.3 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video. TELUS is also Canada's largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed over $482 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 7.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ 13 Canadian community boards and 5 International boards have led the Company’s support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $60 million in support of 5,595 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

About the Village of Pemberton | www.pemberton.ca

Pemberton is one of the most desirable communities in BC and home to family farms, fresh outdoor adventures and stunning vistas. With over 2500 residents and just 30 km from Whistler, Pemberton prides itself on its creative and collaborative approach with the business community, local volunteer groups, neighbouring communities and key business and tourism partners such as Tourism Pemberton and the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce. Pemberton’s mild winters, warm summers and unique pioneer heritage provide an ideal place to enjoy arts, culture, history, recreation, dining, shopping and comfortable lodging.

About Alpi Group of Companies

Alpi Group is a family owned real estate developer and investor active in British Columbia since the 1970s, active in the areas of commercial and residential real estate. Among other ventures underway, It will be constructing a sizeable mixed use project consisting of homes as well as retail and office spaces in the heart of the Village of Pemberton.

About Alture Properties

Developer of the CRESTLINE, Alture Properties is driven by one simple goal: to create great homeowner experiences.  They develop great experiences through great design with the buyer in mind. 

About Sunstone Ridge Developments Ltd.

Sunstone is a thoughtfully planned neighbourhood sits on a sunny, south facing forested hillside surrounded by a spectacular rock bluff, trees and sweeping views of Mount Currie and the Pemberton Valley below. Integrated with its natural setting, Sunstone will include green space, parks, trails, a community garden and convenient access to the area’s planned recreational amenities.

About Tiyata Village at Pemberton

Tiyata is proud to be a Pemberton development based on the principles of “Smart Growth”. Located in the downtown core, Tiyata at Pemberton houses 22 acres of mixed-use living opportunities.

About The Ridge at Pemberton

The Ridge at Pemberton is a development offering unique building opportunities to discerning homeowners through large lots and breathtaking Panoramic Views. The Developers are a small family owned business with over twenty years of investment in the Pemberton Valley.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Liz Sauvé
Media Relations

Jill Brooksbank
Village of Pemberton
Sr. Communications & Grants Coordinator
P. 604.894.6135 x230 | E. jbrooksbank@pemberton.ca

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