UNITED COUNTIES OF LEEDS AND GRENVILLE, Frontenac County, June 7, 2012
/CNW/ - The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC) has awarded a Local
Access Contract that will improve access to high-speed Internet to more
than 33,000 homes and businesses in the Thousand Island regions of the
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and Frontenac County. The
service will be available in fall of 2013.
As part of the contract, Xplornet Communications Inc. will build a
wireless network which will give a substantial portion of the
3,200-square kilometre region access to speeds of up to 10 Mbps. These
speeds enable users to stream video and use other innovative
applications. Xplornet will leverage existing sites and more than a
dozen new sites to create a comprehensive wireless network.
"We continue to make steady progress on our goal of expanding high-speed
broadband Internet access across Eastern Ontario," said Mel Campbell,
Chair of the EOWC. "Connecting to the Internet with higher speeds will
open new doors for our communities in terms of quality of life and
In all, nearly two dozen local access contracts will be awarded 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, including laying more than 400 kilometres
of new cable, is nearing completion.
"It is gratifying to see this regional broadband network grow. This is
another important step towards providing the improved access that will
help our residents and businesses to prosper," added Dave Burton, Chair
of Eastern Ontario Regional Network Inc. (EORN).
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
For further information:
Lisa Severson, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, EORN