Asked how O-NET’s milestone decision to offer one gigabit of bandwidth will benefit the non-profit Internet service provider’s customers, Nathan Kusiek put it this way.”You have the speed. We’ve given you a super fast car on a really nicely paved highway now and you don’t have to worry about speed limits.”
Kusiek, the service provider’s sales and marketing manager, said O-NET’s management decided on July 18 to increase the service’s maximum bandwidth from 100 megabits to 1,000 megabits, or one gigabit.
The increase, he added, puts Olds ahead of any other city and town in Canada for downloading and uploading speeds.
“We’re the first community in Canada to put fibre directly to someone’s house and with that fibre optic connection, we’re the only ones that can actually deliver that speed,” Kusiek said.
O-NET is the service provider and marketing brand for Olds Fibre Ltd., a company owned by the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development, and is the first community-owned, community-wide fibre-optic network in the country.
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