CityWest Cable and Telephone Corporation, operating as CityWest, is a municipally-owned telecommunications holding company which provides telephone, cable television, and internet services in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada and the surrounding regions. CityWest also purchased Monarch Cablesystems' assets, which were split between the former CityTel and Shaw Communications.

CityWest Cable and
Telephone Corporation
TypeMunicipally owned corporation
Founded1910; 113 years ago (1910) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Area served
Prince Rupert and surrounding areas
OwnerCity of Prince Rupert

It has been in operation since 1910. On August 10, 2005, the City of Prince Rupert (the company's sole shareholder) reorganized CityTel into a new company, called the CityWest Group of Companies, through the holding company "CityWest Cable and Telephone Corporation", or CityWest, as it is now known. On October 1, 2005, the company had purchased all of Monarch Cablesystems's Northern British Columbia cable assets, and its service area had expanded accordingly. CityTel had contracted Ledcor Group of Companies to construct a fiber-optic link to Terrace, and offered digital cable television in that area and in Prince Rupert, with digital cable in Kitimat.

On December 13, 2013, CityWest announced its exit from providing cellular services and that its existing cellular customers would be served by Telus.[1]

In September 2020 CityWest announced a $9 Million expansion into Vanderhoof.[2] In August 2021 CityWest announced a continued Southern expansion into Hornby and Denman Islands [3] and also announced its intention to expand into Cortes Island, Bella Coola, Bamfield, Tow Hill, Tlell, and Zeballos.[4] In November 2021 CityWest's $45.4 Million dollar Connected Coast project to better connect roughly 140 communities across the North Coast of BC began.[5] In January 2022 the initial subsea fiber-optic cable for the Connected Coast was laid.[6] In March 2022 a new partnership between CityWest and the Gitxaala Nation was announced to bring improved Internet to Kitkatla through the Connected Coast project.[7]

Services offeredEdit

CityWest offers phone service, optical and digital cable services, and internet access to residential and business customers. In particular rural and Indigenous communities along the BC coast.

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  1. ^ "TELUS and CityWest partner to bring world-class wireless service to Prince Rupert". Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  2. ^ "CityWest Announces $9 Million Expansion into Vanderhoof". Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  3. ^ "Faster internet for Denman, Hornby islands". British Columbia Government. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  4. ^ "Another expansion at $5.64 million for two new CityWest projects". The Northern View. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  5. ^ "$45.4 million CityWest Connected Coast project breaks ground". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  6. ^ "First 50 km of Connected Coast laid in northern region". Campbell River Mirror. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  7. ^ "New partnership announced between CityWest and Gitxaala Nation". Terrace Standard. Retrieved 2022-03-22.

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