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Our History: how Alberta Gas Co-Op’s formed the largest Canadian owned rural telecom company

Our History: how Alberta Gas Co-Op’s formed the largest Canadian owned rural telecom company

Co-Operatives in Alberta are a lifeblood of the rural way of life. These groups have changed the way that rural Canada operates and provides support to businesses and residents.

Did you know that CCI Wireless was derived from several Alberta Gas Co-Ops?

Let’s review how these Gas Co-Op groups created a pathway to forming the largest Canadian owned rural telecom company; CCI Wireless. 

In 2007, nine Gas Co-Ops realized that Broadband Internet was “the next essential service”. The vision of these co-ops was to build support services to assist them in their internal operations, but also to improve the quality of life for their rural customers and to continue to promote the rural lifestyle with the modern features and comforts that a high-speed, reliable internet connection could bring. Fast forward to 2020 and CCI Wireless now has 200+ carrier-grade towers across the province that can provide high-speed broadband to some of the most remote locations in Alberta. 

CCI’s mission is to power communities to their potential by connecting them to the world via the internet and enabling long-term sustainability and viability. To that end, the requirements of connectivity in this modern world are changing quickly and CCI continues to adapt to change and provide the most up to date technology, technical and customer care support to ensure rural Alberta is not left behind it’s urban counterparts 

Today, members of these Alberta Gas Co-Ops continue to provide their leadership, guiding CCI to provide services that will pave the way for enhanced economic development, job growth, diversity and social enhancement of quality of life in rural Alberta.