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North America’s Fastest Internet Connection Might Be Located In… Olds, Alberta?
July 30, 2013
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Building the information superhighway? World Plowing Championship competitors in Olds, Alberta, July 19, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Quick: where can you find the fastest high-speed internet connection in North America?

New York City? Vancouver? Maybe Chicago?

Try rural Alberta.

A Prairie town called Olds, with a population of 8,200 people, boasts the fastest internet connections in Canada, and possibly all of North America, the Calgary Herald reports.

olds-alberta-kid-side.jpgThe only other place in North America with comparable speeds is Kansas City, where Google is testing a pilot initiative for ultra-high speed internet.

"Olds is right up there in the forefront of wired communities in the world," Iain Grant, managing director of Canadian technology research company The Seaboard Group, told the Herald.

So how did a small town with agricultural roots - Olds hosted the World Plowing Championships a couple of weeks ago - get into the high-speed internet game?

It all started 10 years ago, when residents and politicians formed a non-profit organization with the goal of improving the town's economic prospects.

The town started building out a network that would connect every business and home in Olds with affordable, ultra-fast internet service, in the hopes that it would attract tech companies, energy firms, and other businesses that need a lot of bandwidth.

The total cost for the technology will be between $13 million and $15 million when all is said and done. Olds financed the project with a town-backed loan and a line of credit from a local bank.

Check out the whole story at the Calgary Herald.


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