What is BridgeNet?
BridgeNet is the trade name of the New Westminster fibre utility that leases out unused capacity in the City's carrier-grade fibre optic network to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies who in turn offer high speed internet, phone, TV/video services to local business and multi-family residential customers at some of the best rates in the country.
Why did the City of New Westminster start BridgeNet?
BridgeNet was launched in 2016 as part of the City's Intelligent City initiative, whereby the fibre network infrastructure is critical to facilitating economic development and attracting new talents and industries to New Westminster.
BridgeNet will provide greater access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet services (Giga-bit/sec) and improved choices by enabling more Internet Service Providers and telecom companies to service the community. With affordable and readily available high-speed broadband services, the City hopes to attract more innovative companies and knowledge workers to the community, helping businesses of all sizes to compete in today's global digital economy.
What is BridgeNet's Implementation Plan?
BridgeNet is a multi-phased project. For the initial phases, the City is planning to link fibre to apartments or multiple-dwelling units (MDU's) with 50 or more units located in Downtown, Uptown, Quayside, Brewery District and Victoria Heights areas. Over time, most businesses, schools, institutions and multi-family residential buildings in high density areas will be able to receive high-speed services from internet service providers that lease fibre from the City.
When will BridgeNet be in my neighbourhood?
In 2016 the project started rolling out in downtown and uptown, and continued in 2017 to the Sapperton Brewery District and Queensborough to create a backbone that connected most parts of New Westminster. We're now working on extending that backbone by adding more in all parts of the City, and capitalizing on redevelopment and roadworks to do so. You can view the map to get an idea of where things are at, but your best bet is to contact Internet Service Providers and request service. At this time, the focus is on multi-dwelling units and businesses as we roll out a complete network.
What is "on-net", "near-net" and "planned" as mentioned on the map?
- On-Net: connected and live! Buildings that are "on-net" are exactly that: on the net. This means Internet Service Providers can connect you to BridgeNet at your request.
- Close, but not quite. There's still some work to do to connect building to BridgeNet, but the cable is available in the ground nearby so that the last bit can get done. Contact one of the Internet Service Providers to express interest, and possibly your property management.
- This connection has been identified in our phased approach to building out BridgeNet and it's in the works at some point. A number of factors can move a connection from "Planned" to "Near-Net" with some ease: a new development, utility work that needs to happen, and others.
Does BridgeNet offer telecom services or fibre services directly to customers?
No, BridgeNet only leases dark fibre to authorized Internet Service Providers and telecom companies who in turn, deliver their services to the customer.
How do I connect to BridgeNet?
Please call one of the authorized Internet Service Providers (ISPs) listed on the website. They will be able to provide details about their service offerings and explain how you may get connected. BridgeNet (or the City) does not sell internet services to customers, only the ISPs do.
Which types of residential buildings can connect to BridgeNet?
Typically, multi-family residences with 50 or more units will be able to connect to BridgeNet, but some smaller buildings may also be a good fit. Contact us. Expanding BridgeNet to single-family neighbourhoods is outside of the planned scope but will be considered for the future.
How do I find out if my building will be connected to BridgeNet?
Since BridgeNet does not sell directly to the end customer, it is always best to contact the authorized Internet Service Providers. Please visit the map page for a closer look at the project plan or contact one of the ISPs listed.
Can a developer, strata council or property owner refuse a BridgeNet fibre connection?
While most businesses and multi-family residential buildings in New Westminster will be able to connect to BridgeNet, connecting is ultimately the choice of the developer, strata council or property owner.
Allowing BridgeNet in your development or building is an ideal way to ensure future occupants have access to some of the fastest and most competitively priced high-speed internet, phone and TV services in the country. The Building Owners and management association also encourages its members to accommodate multiple telecom services providers in their premises in order to enable more competition.
My residential building is going to be connected to BridgeNet. How do we get BridgeNet powered services in our unit?
Connections to BridgeNet must be coordinated by a residential building's strata council, management company or owner. Once the building is connected, strata councils, managers or building owners may choose to allow individual tenants and unit owners to acquire their telecom services individually, or alternatively they may choose to negotiate a building-wide deal with one of BridgeNet's resident internet service providers.