The province of Alberta has announced a pilot program aimed at providing high-speed internet to three rural communities. The program, which will run until March 31, 2024, will use a satellite-based connection to test the capabilities of using Starlink as a means of bringing internet access to under-served areas.
Alberta’s Minister of Technology and Innovation, Nate Glubish, hailed the advancement of satellite internet technology as an important milestone in achieving universal connectivity by 2027. He emphasized the significance of connectivity in today’s world and expressed pride in providing rural Alberta with an additional option to bridge the connectivity gap.
Starlink, known as the world’s first and largest satellite network, utilizes a low-Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet services globally. The network’s initial batch of 60 satellites was launched in May 2019 via SpaceX rockets.
To access the service, hardware installation is required in homes and businesses. However, eligible Albertans participating in the pilot program can benefit from rebates of up to $1,000.
The program is specifically focused on households and businesses in areas where traditional land-based internet infrastructure is not feasible. The data collected during the pilot will be instrumental in shaping future efforts to bring high-speed access to other rural communities in Alberta.
For further details and information regarding Alberta’s pilot program, please visit the official website.