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Shared Provincial Access Network / British Columbia. John Webb Director Telecommunications. Western Geography. SPAN/BC. SPAN/BC is a secure IP network running on an ATM backbone that currently connects: over 4,000 locations throughout the province including almost 350 towns,

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shared provincial access network british columbia

Shared Provincial Access Network / British Columbia

John Webb

Director Telecommunications

span bc
  • SPAN/BC is a secure IP network running on an ATM backbone that currently connects:
    • over 4,000 locations throughout the province including almost 350 towns,
    • 2,000 educational institutions,
    • all provincial pharmacies,
    • some hospitals, and
    • more than 1,500 government locations
what span offers to communities
What SPAN Offers to Communities
  • If there is no commercial internet available
  • And – there is a SPAN connection in the community
  • And there is capacity
  • The community can get access through SPAN
  • 20 communities or so are taking advantage of this
bella coola valley
Bella Coola Valley
  • Central coast community
  • SPAN connects with two-way satellite
  • Three schools, Ministry of Forests, Liquor Store, Library and Hospital
  • The community internet society connects 300 dialup accounts that include the band office local businesses and homes
  • Learning Centre And other community based non profits
nisga a lisims government
Nisga’a Lisims Government
  • Nisga’a live in the Nass Valley on the north coast
  • 4 communities ranging over 80k
  • Presently served by Telus microwave system
  • Very high cost data access
  • Schools in each community are part of the provincial system – we serve them with two way satellite as in Bella Coola
nisga a cont
Nisga’a (cont.)
  • Nisga’a plan to run fibre-optic cable down the valley and do a fibre swap with Telus
  • They will operate their own data network to connect their communities – Telus will continue POTs
  • Provincial Government network will put school traffic on the system and pay the new network providing cash flow
  • We will likely see similar arrangements with some of the BRAND projects
first nations communities in bc
First Nations Communities in BC
  • 32% of First Nations communities in Canada are in British Columbia (207/633)
  • Many are small – 200 persons or less and very remote
  • There is no telecommunications infrastructure serving many communities
  • Schools and health facilities are responsibility of federal government so provincial government IT infrastructure does not connect many of these communities
  • 50 applications for first round
  • Almost half by First Nations
  • 17 projects now producing business plans
  • 6 led by First Nations
  • Over 50 First Nations communities included in the 16 projects
government pledge
Government Pledge
  • Work to extend high-speed, broadband Internet access to every community in British Columbia through wireless technology, cable, phone lines and fibre optics.
  • Increase technology funding and digital infrastructure support to facilitate tele-health options that will expedite and improve treatments, and reduce travel requirements for northern and rural residents.
  • Devote special attention and resources to addressing the challenges and needs of aboriginal women and youth, and to helping aboriginal families bridge the digital divide.