RENFREW COUNTY, HASTINGS COUNTY, LENNOX & ADDINGTON COUNTY, ON, Feb. 17,
2012 /CNW/ - The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus has awarded a Local
Access Contract that will provide nearly 14,000 homes and businesses
access to high-speed Internet across a region that includes
southwestern portions of Renfrew County, northwestern parts of
Frontenac County and a small portion of Lennox & Addington County. The
service will be available in early 2013.
As part of the contract, Bell Aliant will provide a wired (DSL) solution
that will expand broadband access in this large region spanning some
3,800 square kilometres.
Bell Aliant's network will rely on nine of the new "Points of Presence"
(PoPs) within the zone. It will provide services ranging from 1.5 Mbps
to up to 16 Mbps, depending on the customer location.
"We are extremely pleased to announce this contract," said Mel Campbell,
Chair of the EOWC. "This contract will improves access to wired
high-speed Internet to communities across three counties, including
residents of the First Nations community of the Algonquins of
Satellite services will provide the balance of high-speed coverage in
the area. Satellite access remains the best fit technology for very
sparsely populated areas or regions with difficult terrain. Contracts
have already been signed to deliver high-speed via satellite at
improved pricing across Eastern Ontario.
This is the fifth of several contracts that 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 is already underway.
"We are making excellent progress in building a new regional network
that will allow our residents and businesses to prosper," added Dave
Burton, Chair of Eastern Ontario Regional Network Inc., (EORN).
"Connecting to the Internet with higher speeds will open new doors for
our communities in terms of quality of life and economic growth."
EORN is a not-for-profit organization established by the EOWC to
manage all contracts awarded as part of the project.
Once up and running in early 2013, a variety of service packages will be
offered, ranging from 1.5 Mbps to up to 16 Mbps. These speeds will
enable users to stream video and other innovative applications that
will support various sectors, including business, health and education.
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SOURCE Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN)
For further information:
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, EORN