What is fibre-optic internet and how does it work?

Fibre internet utilises fibre-optic cables that use digital signals to eliminate any interference from other electrical devices or radio signals. They are much thinner and lighter than metal wires. Hence, more fibres can be bundled into a given diameter of cable. Yet they are 4-8 times stronger, making them less likely to be damaged.

How fast is a fibre-optic network?

Fibre-optic technology is 200x faster in delivering internet service to homes and businesses. Unlike traditional copper cables, fibre-optic cables have a much greater bandwidth and limitless scalability opportunities. Additionally, it can carry more data without compromising your internet speed when your neighbours are all online at the same time as you.

Benefits of BrooksNET’s Fibre-Optic Network


Fibre-optic cables have a much greater bandwidth than metal cables, which means that they can carry more data, reducing buffering times, and increasing the speed at which you can stream your favourite shows and video games. Fibre-optic strands have practically limitless capability when compared to DSL or copper lines.

Ultra-fast internet speed

Ups and down are a part of life, but hey, it doesn’t have to be a part of your browsing experience. With our premium service offerings, you can enjoy upload and download speeds of up to 10 Gbps for your streaming services, regardless of the volume of users on the network.

High-speed internet 24/7

With working from home becoming more popular, it’s only natural for an internet service with a low bandwidth to slow down. Our fibre-optic network has enough capacity to handle a boatload of traffic from around your neighbourhood. No matter the time of the day, you’ll be able to enjoy uninterrupted browsing, streaming, gaming, and more at high speeds.

Be ahead of the curve

With the constant change in technology, it’s imperative that you make your home future ready. Our fibre-optic network will enable you to embrace exciting new things like smart-home technologies or upgrades for your business. Once you’re with us, you don’t have to worry about constantly changing your internet connection and devices. Sit back and enjoy high-speed internet and maximum bandwidth.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common questions about our services

BrooksNET is an open access fibre-optic network that the City of Brooks and our partner, Community Network Partners, are building. Think of it as a road – the City builds the road and then trucking companies operate on the road network. In this case, we’re building the fibre-optic network and internet service providers will be able to operate on our network. Our hope is that we will build one high-tech, dependable network so that others don’t have to do the same thing in five or ten years. It would be weird if every trucking company that operated in town had to build their own road, right?

Internet access is important – very important – to the growth of our local businesses and our community. We’re building BrooksNET with future needs in mind and in doing so, will be able to bring new opportunities for students, businesses, producers, creators, people working from home, and more. Service levels in Brooks aren’t terrible, but with a median download speed of 22.5 Mbps and upload speed of 6.59 Mbps, we fall pretty far below the CRTC minimum standard of 50 Mbps for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads. The City Council decided to make an investment in our future and ensure that we don’t get left behind.

In order to get your property (business or home) connected to the network, you have to sign up and get your address on the list. A standard connection to the network is free and there’s no obligation to use the network. If you do choose to use BrooksNET (which is a great choice because our speeds and network will be the best), you can choose to sign up for services through one of our Retail Services Providers. Your monthly bill will come from whichever service provider you choose, not from the City of Brooks. They provide the services and we provide the network for them to operate on.
Each retailer has their own packages and pricing. Take a look at what each one has to offer and choose the best option for your home or business!

Our design team has divided the city into seven “Service Zones” labelled A-G. A map showing the Service Zones is available on our website and social media accounts. The first Zone to be constructed will be Zone D and after that we’ll be working counter-clockwise through Zone C, A and B plus Zone F as permitting allows. Ideally, we will get these Zones completed in 2022 and will work on the remaining zones E and G in 2023. Follow the BrooksNET Facebook and Instagram accounts for construction updates. We’ll also be sharing updates in the Brooks Bulletin and through local radio stations on Talk of the Town.

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