Campbell River Goes Big with Its Own Broadband Network

To help its business community compete globally in the digital economy, Campbell River has launched CR Advantage, its new municipal broadband fibre optic network. The City is the Vancouver Island’s first municipality to offer an open-access network of this kind, which enables high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity for businesses and residential developments in the city’s downtown core, with plans to expand the infrastructure over time.

CR Advantage allows local businesses to host high-traffic, bandwidth-needy websites, web apps, social networks, video platforms and data centres. It provides identical upload and download bandwidth, scalable to one gigabyte per second — putting Campbell River businesses on equal footing with competitors in downtown Vancouver, Palo Alto, San Francisco and New York City but at a fraction of the cost of living or doing business in any of those cities. To sign up, visit

 This article is from the December 2017/January 2018 issue