RENFREW COUNTY, ON, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Eastern Ontario Wardens'
Caucus has awarded a Local Access Contract that will provide nearly
31,000 homes and businesses access to high-speed Internet across a
region that stretches through the northern Ottawa Valley and covers
much of eastern Renfrew County. The service will be available in fall
As part of the contract, Bell Aliant will provide a wired DSL solution
that will expand broadband access in this large region spanning about
4,000 square kilometres and including communities such as Deep River,
Pembroke, Renfrew and Arnprior.
Bell Aliant's network will rely on 65 kilometres of new fibre optic
cable and two dozen remote access points to extend high-speed service.
It will provide services ranging from 1.5 Mbps to up to 16 Mbps,
depending on the customer location. These speeds will enable users to
stream video and other innovative applications that will support
various sectors, including business, health and education.
"We are extremely pleased to announce this contract," said Mel Campbell,
Chair of the EOWC. "This contract will improve wired access in an area
that was previously underserved because it has such low population
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.
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 5,500-km fibre optic
network, including laying 400 kilometres of new cable, is already well
"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).
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)
For further information:
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, EORN