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High Speed Fiber Internet - Project Aurora

Saddle Hills County has partnered with Canadian Fiber Optics Corp., the Government of Alberta, and the Government of Canada on Project Aurora to bring high-speed fiber internet to Saddle Hills County, with no cost hook-ups. The project will make Saddle Hills County the most connected rural municipality in Canada.

Who are Canadian Fiber Optics?

This local, Peace Country business has gone from strength to strength, from an idea at the kitchen table in the County of Grande Prairie to thousands of km of fiber later and now offering the fastest rural internet in Canada. Connecting rural Albertan communities to state-of-the-art fiber internet so that they can access all the resources and compete on the global stage is the goal. Homegrown, compassionate, and courageous they have competed with the big names to hopefully make a difference that will last generations.

They are the largest fiber telecommunications construction company in Western Canada, with an in-house construction team and fleet, currently serving residents, businesses, and industry in parts of the County of Grande Prairie, MD of Greenview, Grande Cache, Wembley, Valleyview, High Prairie, Beaverlodge, Fairview, Sexsmith, Grimshaw, to name a few. 

What is Fiber?

Fiber is small strands of glass cables, each about a tenth of the size of a single human hair. Every strand transmits dada using pulses of light that travel at speeds approaching the speed of light. 

No matter how fast future internet speeds get, fiber will always be at the forefront of internet technology. It has unlimited potential with thousands of times more bandwidth than copper, wireless, or satellite and greater reliability. Fiber is durable enough to lay on ocean floors and suffers no risk of compromise due to temperature changes or electromagnetic fields. 

This proven technology has been the backbone of communication since the beginning of the web, enabling instant communication across the world. As well as being far less susceptible to hacking than all other telecommunications mediums it also offers equal upload and download speeds.

What's special about Canadian Fiber Optics and Northern Lights Fiber?

20.9 Mbps is the median download speed in rural areas of Canada.

2.2 Mbps is the median upload speed.

For a 25/3 Mbps plan in rural Alberta, residents pay, on average, $92 per month.

Canadian Fiber Optics offers 1,000-10,000 Mbps download and upload speed to Enterprise Customers, while Northern Lights Fiber offers 100 - 2,500 Mbps speeds to residential and business customers. For a 100/100 Mbps plan in rural Alberta, residents pay $89 with no data caps.

All their customer service is local. No calling overseas and waiting on hold if you have a problem, their local representatives are available around the clock to answer your questions and provide assistance.

Internet usage is no issue, and you are even encouraged to use the internet as much and as often as you want. 

Do you want Fiber Internet?

Fill out a Fiber Access Agreement today to ensure that you are on the list. A representative with Northern Lights Fiber will be in touch to discuss next steps.



Frequently Asked Questions

You can expect speeds of 100-1000 Mbps as opposed to the 25/5 Mbps or 50/10 Mbps experienced by most in Northwestern Alberta.

Yes. We believe that Saddle Hills is an incredible economic powerhouse, and further economic development and innovation will be driven in our communities when an abundance of bandwidth is provided. 

  • Better experiences with remote work and at-home learning
  • Faster upload and download speeds
  • Smoother streaming (without waiting for videos to buffer)
  • Increased security with the latest home security systems
  • Access to the latest smart technologies for healthcare, home automation, and more
  • The ability to use multiple online devices simultaneously

The grant is specifically to connect residents, but the network will also be designed and provisioned to connect Small/Medium businesses, Commercial Enterprises, and large industry. 

Canadian Fiber Optics will be responsible for bringing the service to your home, property or business. Should Project Aurora be successful, you will have the opportunity to pre-register for your choice of internet service.

Saddle Hills County’s network of towers will be connected and this will provide service providers located on our towers to provide the bandwidth needed for expanded services. 

This is not 5G technology. This is a physical connection. And if people choose, they can turn off the WiFi (wireless) connection inside their homes, and connect their computer direct to the router provided.

It would not interfere with any satellite TV.

Fiber internet would give residents the option to “cut the cord” or “cut the dish” – and save significant money by subscribing to OTT (over the top) systems like Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ etc.

It’s important to note that for those that still like the evening news and sports, they can still buy cable/satellite, but these channels are now available on OTT also. 

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