Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 03:00 am BY PAUL EVEREST , Olds Albertan
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.
I celebrated my birthday this year by launching a new phase for my real estate career. After 16 very satisfying years within a family-owned real estate office, I have ventured into the networked world of CIR Realty. I welcome you all to my new offices where I continue to meet the needs of buyers and sellers looking for homes, lease properties, businesses, or industrial property.
The changing nature of the regional real estate market was a major motivation. I felt that taking advantage of connections with the Calgary real estate community would result in more opportunity for our region. The individuals I have met during the first weeks in CIR have definitely given me support, encouragement and ideas for a host of new approaches for marketing and featuring our community for investment.
The attraction of business and industry and development of new jobs in our area has been a long-standing added objective of mine. This is a natural carry-over from my previous role as Director of Economic Development for Olds, and prior to that as the Executive Director of a regional grouping of small rural communities in Central Alberta who worked together to grow their communities. My experience in the whole range of real estate and economic development issues makes me the ideal choice for comprehensive service – assisting with resources and networking to ensure integration into the community with ease and the least stress.
While I have been focussing on many housekeeping issues necessary in the transition to CIR Realty, I feel this website is very worthwhile to my customers and newcomers to our community. I welcome you to contribute with comments on my website and blogs, and hope that together we can continue to improve this website as a source of information, connection to the community, and a one-stop portal to many of the resources and activities that make Olds and area such an attractive region in which to live, work and play.
The ground breaking ceremony signaling the start of construction for the new Holy Trinity School in Olds was held this past week. This school will include Kindergarten to Grade nine and will have a maximum of 300 students. The school site encompasses about 10 acres for both the school and sports fields. Servicing the site has begun and the school anicipates to be open for the fall 2010 term. It is located in the southwest quadrant of Olds where a new residential sub division is planned.
It has been great to see the Olds Grizzlys and Olds Minor Hockey alumni in the NHL news and games over the past months. As a long-time volunteer and supporter of our local levels of hockey in the development process, it has been gratifying to hear the names of young men we have had the pleasure of knowing, achieve their dreams of playing on NHL franchises. These players like Nathan Lawson (who stayed with us over several seasons) and Jason Jaffray (who we have admired as an exceptional hockey player and contributor to the hockey programs in Olds as a graduate of the minor hockey programs), as well as our much-admired Jay Rosehill, (whose entire family has been a strong contribution to sports in general and specifically the success of the Grizzlys) show how strongly the development levels of hockey contribute to the success of the “big show”. Now, if we could just get some kickback from the NHL teams for developing this talent over the years it takes, the financial success of teams like the Grizzlys would be less of an ongoing challenge. Enjoy the games, and reflect on the role this organization has had in building opportunities for these and other exceptional young men who have been grown or have passed through our community!