Axia Announces Fibre Optic Expansion to Pincher Creek, Alberta

Axia’s expansion initiative continues across Alberta with the announcement of their latest fibre optic community, Pincher Creek

Calgary, AB – By advocating to get 30% of homes and local businesses to express their interest on Axia’s website, Pincher Creek is to become the next rural community to receive fibre optic infrastructure from Axia. This announcement means unprecedented speed and reliability to homes and businesses in Pincher Creek. Axia’s fibre network is made available on an open access basis, meaning long term competition and sustainability for Pincher Creek as the digital economy continues its unprecedented growth.

Operated from its head office in Calgary, Axia is dedicated to introducing competitively priced, state-of-the-art fibre optic Internet services to rural Alberta. This future-proof technology means residents will have robust network capacity and speed, eliminating online delays while offering symmetrical upload and download speeds. It also means reliable availability of VMedia IPTV, Ooma Voice over IP and numerous other cloud based services offering feature rich options for markedly less money than existing legacy offerings.

Prior to Axia Fibre's community solution, Pincher Creek's town leadership conducted a comprehensive analysis of a publicly funded fibre infrastructure approach.

“A few years ago we recognized that having a next generation broadband connectivity in our community was extremely important, and we put a business plan together to explore our options. We realized that fibre technology was necessary to ensure that our community could grow and thrive.” said Mayor Don Anderberg.

"We met with Doug and team to explore what they wanted to accomplish in terms of long term high performing connectivity for their town in late 2015," said Robert Price, Vice President of Enterprise and Residential Services. "Upon exploration of the various models, it became clear that a Gbps open access network at no cost to the tax payer was the most attractive option to the leadership team. They quickly understood that by engaging and educating their community they could have a comprehensive fibre grid in less than a year- far outpacing any public funded approach. We were highly impressed by the passion Pincher Creek team had towards this initiative and look forward to a long term partnership."

Doug Thorton, Councillor and Head of the Broadband Committee added “After engaging with several providers, it became apparent that the easiest, and certainly most cost effective way to bring fibre to Pincher Creek was to work with Axia and leverage their global expertise in building and managing fibre networks. Having Pincher Creek connected with the rest of the world is going to be a major reason why businesses and individuals will choose to come here.”

Residents and businesses in Pincher Creek are encouraged to visit www.axia.com/alberta to continue to express their interest today. As a part of the announcement today, Axia will be offering a waived activation fee to everyone in Pincher Creek that expresses their interest ahead of the network being completed.

Plans start at $59/month for a 25 Mbps connection with symmetrical upload and download speeds and there are no caps on data use. Axia offers Internet plans with speeds ranging from 25Mbps to 1 Gbps, all over a state-of-the-art pure fibre network. For more information on all plans, visit www.axia.com/plans.

Axia is currently evaluating other communities across Alberta who have demonstrated interest in the service. Any community who reaches 30% expressions of interest will be evaluated for fibre expansion. Interested individuals can fill out the form at www.axia.com/alberta.

About Axia Axia sells services over fibre optic infrastructure in jurisdictions that have implemented the Axia Next Generation Network Solution. Axia currently offers service in Vulcan, Nanton, Barnwell and Nobleford, Alberta.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Weston Jacques Digital Communications Specialist

Axia NetMedia

(403) 836-2635

weston.jacques@axia.com

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