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Status & Availability

Fibre Infrastructure Status In the summer of 2013 the City of Trail and Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Basin Trust, jointly completed a fibre optic co-build in Trail, BC.  The CBBC extended the fibre backbone from the Trail Memorial Arena into the newly completed South Kootenay Data Centre at Community Futures to house communications equipment.  When the CBBC began extending the backbone the City of Trail ran arterial fibres to allow the provisioning of service to most businesses in downtown Trail.  Municipal Infrastructure Status Wth the CBBC co-build complete, the City of Trail needed consent from commercial building owners to install the final fibre link from the outdoor utility pole onto their premises. The municipality worked to minimize installation costs for business owners and was to offer free connections for property owners who consented to “first round” installations. Business owners that applied by March 31, 2014 received free fibre installations. This allowed the City of Trail to obtain bulk installation pricing and connect the majority of downtown Trail.  By April there were applications representing 161 connections. Downtown Availability Due to the high cost of fibre infrastructure the downtown area was chosen for its high density and the cost savings realized through the City of Trail / CBBC co- build. Connectivity is currently not be available in all downtown areas due to aerial utility pole congestion and prohibitive micro-trenching costs. For business owners that did not apply for the free installation, they can apply at City Hall anytime, but if the application is received before December 31, 2014 the City of Trail will pay 50% of the installation cost The image at right approximates the boundaries where service is currently available.  
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