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First appearance on aggravated assault charges

    Edwin Lively, charged with aggravated assault, made his first appearance in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, November 18.
 Lively was charged following a stabbing that occurred on November 6 in the downtown core.
    He made his first appearance via closed circuit television. He reserved his election and has been ordered released, however he has not come up with sufficient funds.
    His next scheduled appearance is on Friday, December 9.

Satellite launches new era in rural internet

    The satellite is in orbit and Xplornet is getting ready to launch its most up to date satellite Internet service.
    John Shoff of Reality Bytes is a dealer for Xplornet in the area and is excited about the new 4G Satellite Internet service. They are planning to launch on February 14, but are looking for people to sign up and be ready for the rural Internet solution.
    He says the new service will help bridge the “digital divide” between rural and urban customer base.
    When satellite Internet came to rural areas the only service by dial up. It was a game changer, however other services in urban areas such as cable, wireless and DSL have made leaps and bounds in terms of speed and affordability. Satellite has also been cost prohibitive to some customers. The new service which will launching in the new year will be competitive in speed and price.
    “When satellite first came in, it was revolutionary, and then it went flat,” said Shoff. “Now it has leaped ahead again and it should be good for several years.”
 Xplornet’s new service is made possible through the launch of ViaSat-1, described as the highest capacity satellite in the world. It was launched in mid-October, and it is getting set for service. Xplornet has purchased bandwidth from this satellite to provide rural service to Canadian customers.
    To back up the service, Shoff explained there is now four Network Operations Centres strategically placed across Canada to connect the satellite to the terrestrial Internet.
    The new service offers residential service with downloads speeds from 1.5 mbps up to 5 mbps. A starting package offers 10 GB of bandwidth allowance, and goes up to 30 GB. There are also business solution packages.
    What is just as exciting is that the cost for the service is not only competitive to existing satellite service, but to urban home service.
    Their residential service packages starts at under $55.
    Shoff is excited by the new service, and is busy starting upgrades to his company’s infrastructure to accommodate the change.
    He said Xplornet is contacting existing customers to tell them about the changes, and have them sign on in anticipation of the change.
    To learn more about the service go to or

Community facility to host 2013 Alberta Chamber of Commerce AGM

    While it is more than a year away, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to hosting the province in 2013.
    Last week the Chamber made good on its fundraising pledge for the Badlands Community Facility. They are looking forward to utilizing the facility to its fullest extent hosting the 2013 Alberta Chamber of Commerce Provincial Conference and Policy Session.
    “The facility is going to be a wonderful enhancement to the Drumheller valley and really good for business,” said Chamber board vice president John Shoff. “I think it is going to open a lot of doors to a lot of opportunities to hold larger events.”
    One of the events is the 2013 conference.
    He explains they made a bid for the 2012 conference, but there were concerns as to whether the facility would be completed. The next year they got the nod.
    “This gives a year for planning and we know the facility will be up and running strong by this time,” said Shoff.
    The AGM is slated for May 16-18, 2013 and will attract more that 200 delegates as well as possibly family members. While there will be the formal business of the event, the delegates will also get a chance to see all the valley has to offer.
    “We usually put on a community related package, so you will have the AGM related meetings, but there will also be community events to showcase the valley,” said Shoff.
    “In our discussion we found the hardest part of planning the AGM is going to be narrowing down all the different things we can show people. There are just so many things we can do.” 
    Delegates will get a sneak peak of what to expect at the 2013 AGM at this coming year’s conference in Spruce Grove. The Drumheller Chamber will be sponsoring a breakfast, providing attendees with an idea of what they could expect.


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