Get Connected: The Sturgeon Broadband Fibre Network
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Sturgeon Broadband Fibre Network

Sturgeon County, along with its private sector partner, Canadian Fiber Optics Corporation (CFOC), continues to move forward with Phase 1 of the broadband initiative, which includes fibre installation to residences and businesses in hamlets, subdivisions, and business parks along the fibre route in the southwest corner of the County.

The fibre installation route has been finalized and construction expected to start in the spring of 2022.

Core Service Area: If you own property in a subdivision, hamlet or along the fibre service route, you will have access to the fibre network. Business parks will also have access to the county's network. If you choose to use an internet service provider on the network, you will notice greatly increased service speeds and reliability. Learn more.

Extended Service Area: If you are not on the designated fibre service route, you still have options to receive the fibre to your location. Learn more.

Access Agreements

Part of the construction approval process is signing an Access Agreement. You can print off a copy of the Access Agreement and return to us by email, regular mail, or drop off at Sturgeon County Centre at 9613-100 Street, Morinville, Alberta, T8R 1L9 

 

Sturgeon County Broadband Fibre Network Open Houses

Join us at one of our upcoming Sturgeon County Broadband Fibre Network Open Houses to learn more about the broadband construction route, fibre network availability, timelines, impacts to property owners, and how you can connect to high-speed reliable internet service in Sturgeon County!  

Can’t attend? Feel free email broadband@sturgeoncounty.ca to answer your questions and provide you with more information.  

Note:  These sessions are for property owners in the phase 1 area located south of Highway 642 and west of Highway 2. 

Sturgeon Broadband Fibre Network Project

The following Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have signed an agreement to provide service through the Sturgeon Broadband Fibre Network. Please contact them directly for information on their service, including pricing.

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Sturgeon Fibre Network Questions and Answers

Sturgeon County has begun an initiative to bring fibre optics to residents and businesses. The enhanced speed and reliability will allow users to utilize their internet in a much more productive way for business and personal use. The rollout will begin in the southwest portion of the county.

We know many people will have questions about the project and eligibility. Below is a list of questions and answers to help you learn more about the project.

Email us with any additional questions you may have.

For those in the Extended Service Area, email us for specific information on how to get connected to the service.

To bring fast, reliable internet service to residents and businesses of the County.

A Fibre Service Route has been mapped out.  If you are in a subdivision, hamlet or have a business in an industrial park in phase 1 (Core Service Area), you will have access.

If you are on the fibre route that connects these, you will also receive access (Extended Service Area). A buy-in option for providing you with access to the network is available for those who are near the fibre service route, but not on it.

If you are on the fibre service route (Core Service Area), the County will pay for the installation. It will be up to the homeowner to decide on an internet service provider and pay the subscription fees.

If you are not on the fibre service route (Extended Service Area), you can choose to pay for the installation to your house. 

Subscribers will see minimum speeds of 100 megabits per second (mbps).

If you wish to compare this level of service with what you currently have, you can take the CIRA Internet Performance Test, which is a quick and easy test of your Internet connection speed. 

Fibre can consistently handle more users and more data at higher speeds than other broadband services. In the future, fibre will be able to hit speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. Fibre is also more reliable than other broadband services.

Yes, fibre optic networks are more secure than other services.

  • Traditional copper wire emits electrical signals that can be picked up with special listening equipment.
  • Wifi signals can also be compromised.

Optical fibre is immune to electrical interference and has zero electrical emissions. A fibre connection must be interrupted to intercept a signal, which is easily detectable.

A conduit will be installed underground using a combination of ploughing, narrow trenching and Horizontal Directional Drilling, depending on the type of terrain or obstacle encountered.

After the conduit is coupled and is one continuous run, a fibre optic line will be blown through the conduit, which will then be spliced together to create one continuous fibre optic line. Most construction will occur on County or Provincial road rights-of-way, only drops to homes will go on private property.

Please be patient with the equipment and crew, as they are doing their best to work as quickly as possible while respecting the land and residents.

There will be a list of internet service providers who will have access to the County's network. You can choose to sign up wth any one of them.

The County will own the fibre line.

Starlink is a great option for many residents, but it has limitations.

  • It requires a significant up-front investment and is costly to subscribe.
  • Starlink cannot offer the speed and reliability of fibre. 
  • Starlink is not a permanent solution to address broadband in the County due to its portability (e.g. you can move and take the equipment with you.

The County will receive a portion of subscription fees, but the main focus for the County is to improve quality of life for residents and create a more competitive business environment.

The County is investing $7.55 million in phase 1. A second phase that includes the rest of the County will be considered by Council in 2022.

Primarily by the most cost-effective way to bring fibre to the subdivisions, businesses and communities, with consideration for environmentally sensitive areas. Where there were two paths to get to the same place, the path with more service locations was chosen.

Installation of phase 1 will be completed by the end of 2022. 

We will continue to update the County website with information on the broadband project including construction timelines and information.

If you have questions about the broadband initiative that are not addressed here, please email us.

Property owners in the Extended Service Area can also email us for more information on how to get connected.  

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