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QNet to Provide Fibre Optic Network for Tri-City Schools

by QNet News | Nov 15, 2011

COQUITLAM, BC, Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – School District 43 students will have faster online experiences after the Coquitlam Board of Education gave final approval of financing for phase one of a plan to connect Tri-City schools utilizing the City of Coquitlam’s QNet fibre optic utility.

“Having a robust and reliable network is critical for the District to meet the current and future needs of students and staff through the use of online digital services,” said School Board Chair, Melissa Hyndes. “This network is essential to removing barriers as the District implements its “Learning Without Boundaries” educational vision.”

Phase one of the project, which is expected to be completed by the middle of 2012, will focus on connecting secondary schools in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody to SD43’s board offices. The secondary schools will serve as network hubs to which middle and elementary schools may be connected in future years.

“Fibre optics is the highway of the future, and by utilizing it, the School District will ensure that schools have adequate network capacity to meet the educational needs of students and teachers, as well as the business needs of support staff and administrators,” said Peter Steblin, QNET Board Chair.

QNet is a municipal corporation, wholly-owned by the City of Coquitlam, and financed through fibre leasing revenue. QNet’s primary goal is to enhance competition in the delivery of high speed telecommunications services in Coquitlam.

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For more information:
Cheryl Quinton
Manager, Communications & Corporate Services
School District 43

Jodie Lush
Communications Coordinator
City of Coquitlam

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