Olds Town Council recently passed a bylaw that will give it the ability to provide funding of up to six million dollars for the project. However it should be noted that the committment is conditional upon positive results from a predictive suvey to determine the community potential useage which is often referred to as the ‘take up rate’. Secondly Town administration will also be undertaking its independent ‘due dilgence “of the projects business plan to determine the fibre optic networks viability. There must be a sound business case that shows that the network has the potential to provide significant revenue, after opreations and payments that could be used for community purposes such as economic develpment which is now funded primarily from the local tax base.
This connectivity will help the community attract new business and residents who will either be users or developers of technologies. In todays world high levels of connectivity are important factors in the location decision making process .This is especially so if want to keep and attract young families and entrpreneurs.
In my view this network can be equated to the important role played by the CPR in developing western Canada. I look at the CPR mainline as akin to the Alberta Supernet while similarily the branch line role could be played by the Olds Fibre Optic network. This network is the ‘first mile’ for Olds interms of technological development as the community pioneers and fosters the ‘culture of use” . I am looking for forward to a bountiful harvest as the network is deployed and employed by its users.