LANARK COUNTY and FRONTENAC COUNTY, Ontario, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The
Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC) has awarded Local Access
Contracts that will provide more than 12,000 homes and businesses
improved access to high-speed Internet across the western portion of
Lanark County. The area also includes a small part of Frontenac County.
The service will be available no later than fall 2013, with service
reaching some areas later in 2012.
Contracts have been awarded to both Bell Aliant and Storm Internet that
will extend high-speed access across the area. Bell Aliant will provide
service in more densely populated areas around Perth, Lanark,
MacDonald's Corners, and Maberly with 44 kilometres of new fibre optic
cable and 11 new access points. Storm Internet, a regional Internet
service provider with a base in Perth, will add 13 new sites and
upgrade 66 existing sites to expand the reach and speed of their
existing wireless network across the area.
The combined contracts will provide customers with state-of-the-art
technology, a wide range of options up to 16 Mbps, and competitive,
urban pricing. These speeds will enable users to stream video and other
innovative applications that can support business, health and
"We are extremely pleased to announce these contracts," said Mel
Campbell, Chair of the EOWC. "We continue to make steady progress on
our goal of expanding high-speed broadband Internet access across
In all, 22 local access contracts will be awarded in 15 zones to deliver
high-speed Internet through wired and fixed wireless services as part
of the Eastern Ontario regional broadband project. The $170 million
project is funded by federal, provincial and municipal governments and
private sector investment. Work to build a massive, 5,500-km fibre
optic network is nearing completion and contracts have also been signed
to deliver high-speed via satellite at improved pricing.
"With this contract, we've taken another important step towards building
a new regional network that will improve quality of life and fuel
economic growth," added Dave Burton, Chair of Eastern Ontario Regional
Network Inc., (EORN). "It will improve Internet access, offer greater
choice to our local residents and businesses and support the success of
EORN is a not-for-profit organization established by the EOWC to
manage all contracts awarded as part of the project.
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SOURCE Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN)
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For more information, contact:
Lisa Severson, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, EORN