See how the Broadband Strategy will help Surrey stay competitive with increasing broadband demands.

Smart Surrey Broadband Strategy

Cities must plan strategically to keep pace with increasing broadband demands to stay competitive in the digital economy, and ensure a continued high-quality of life for citizens. With this in mind, the City of Surrey has developed the Smart Surrey Broadband Strategy to serve as a guide in building a world-class connected city that is well-positioned to meet and leverage opportunities now and in the future.

What is Broadband?

'Broadband' is a common term for a very fast connection to the Internet that can receive and send large amounts of data in a very short period of time. It is common for broadband to be characterized by minimum download and upload speeds. There is no single, standardized worldwide definition for broadband.

Why is Broadband Important?

High-speed broadband is important for businesses, institutions and citizens. Most medium-to-large sized businesses, and virtually all technology-related businesses, require high-speed broadband as a part of their business models to maximize productivity. For example, high-speed broadband would be essential for an animation company with offices in more than one city so it could easily transfer files among its locations.

In addition, institutions such as hospitals and universities rely on broadband Internet connections to support information sharing. Citizens are also demanding faster broadband in their homes to facilitate entertainment activities such as movie downloads and video gaming, and widespread WiFi so that they can access the Internet no matter where they are in the city.