The Alberta government has been working to make high-speed internet access possible for all Alberta homes and businesses.
The Alberta SuperNet is a high-speed communications backbone across Alberta connecting over 4,200 schools, hospitals, libraries, government and municipal offices in 429 communities.
Delivery of Internet access from this communications backbone and others was and still remains the responsibility of local Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
Alberta has a competitive environment for providing Internet services in rural areas. Outside of urban areas, this is accomplished primarily through Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).
- there are more than 45 Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) in the province
- some areas have as many as 4 or 5 WISPs providing service, while other, more remote locations have only one
- currently, nearly 98% of Alberta households (HH) have access to a minimum of 1.5 Mbps Internet service