Red Deer County Fiber Optic Internet Network
As the world’s primary means of enabling learning, delivering knowledge, providing health care, enhancing agriculture, saving the environment, creating jobs, and understanding each other, the Internet is moving from commercial service to public utility. Red Deer County views fiber optic infrastructure as being no different from road, power, water and waste treatment infrastructure that is so critical to the sustainability and future of rural Alberta. Therefore, over the next four years, the County plans to construct an end to end fiber optic network by investing in infrastructure while contracting out all other operational services (including wholesale and retail operations).
In an effort to align with the County’s objective to meet or exceed 95% overall coverage, we have gathered business intelligence that allows for us to put forward a comprehensive coverage strategy by using the following guiding principles:
- Build to cover the most population the fastest way possible
- 95% coverage from a Real Estate and 95% coverage for Constituents
- Fiber first mentality
- Eye on the overall strategy – “Red Deer County will be the most connected County in North America”
- Minimum of 200Mbps (Symmetrical) of internet service bandwidth
- Technology agnostic – fiber as future service points
- Future proofing the network – backhaul assurance to the gateway
- Build to or past all to incorporated towns i.e. Sylvan Lake, Bowden, Innisfail and Penhold
- Propagate highspeed internet through Red Deer County and utilizing best technologies to fill in space
This network is intended to bring the best of market services at the best of market prices to all constituents. The network will be independent and will support all future information and telecommunication applications such as fiber-to-the premise, Smart City, Agritech, and 5G mobility. The network creates critical fiber infrastructure that will be leveraged to connect residents, farms and businesses throughout Red Deer County as well as provide connectivity to incorporated towns and villages inside the County boundaries.
Red Deer County is partnering with Valo Networks by investing in digital infrastructure so that everyone in Red Deer County can enjoy a country lifestyle and be able to thrive in a modern economy.
To support market activities, Valo has partnered with Tether Communications to collect the required access documentation that allows properties to be connected into the fiber optic infrastructure at little to no charge to property owner.
Gasoline Alley West
Gasoline Alley West is an up and coming community that will promote a healthy environment, job growth and business diversity. Ground has broken on a new 184 unit seniors/dementia care facility and an extended stay hotel this year – both of which were previously unavailable in the central Alberta region.
New Service Facilities
Along with these facilities comes a much desired medical hub; a pharmacist, eye doctor, dentist and other medical related businesses are establishing themselves in Gasoline Alley. There is already quite the financial hub existing with the many accounting firms that have moved out there and it’s still growing.
Gasoline Alley West will also be home to Liberty Landing, a new residential community. This subdivision, along with a recently approved mixed use commercial/residential multi-story building will complement the current existing service industry facilities available within the area.
Red Deer Regional Airport
From the moment you enter the airport you will see that things are changing and that we do things differently at Red Deer Airport. We are proud to be your airport, one that is committed to safety and service. Whether your travel is for business or pleasure or you are looking for a great place to do business, we can deliver. Our customers, our employees and our stakeholders connect the most with what we stand for — quality, safety, professional service, a customer-focus and progressive culture. Today, we are an airport with an attitude that is more relevant for our changing business – “a bit less formal, a lot livelier with links to our past and a big nod to the future.”
Key Stats & Accomplishments
- The Red Deer Region's growing economy equates to thriving businesses. Many of the Region's traditional and emerging sectors are expanding at record rates.
- Traditional sectors include oil and gas; petrochemicals; agriculture; food and beverage processing; distribution, wholesale and retail services; and tourism. Newly emerging sectors include telecommunications and wireless services; biotechnology; value-added agriculture; software development; and electronics and microelectronics.
- Within minutes of the Red Deer Region, an expanding cluster of major petrochemical operators including Nova, Dow, and BP Canada Chemicals Company employ over 1,100 staff. This is the third largest petrochemical cluster in Canada.
- Parkland Income Fund was named one of Alberta's 30 Fastest Growing Companies in the province.
- Contact the Economic Development Department, we look forward to helping your business.