Aliant investing $1.7 million to provide high-speed Internet to rural HRM



    Aliant expanding High Speed to 43 communities in the Eastern Shore area
    as part of new project

    HALIFAX, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information
and communications technology provider, today announced that it was selected
by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and government funding partners to
provide high-speed Internet to residents in the Eastern Shore area of HRM. HRM
is providing project management services, and, the Government of Canada and
the Province of Nova Scotia are providing funding for this project. The
deployment of High Speed across the area is expected to be completed by the
end of the year.
    "Aliant is pleased to be able to provide High-Speed - along with its full
suite of innovative services and features - to residents in the Eastern Shore
area," says Joe Mosher, VP, Residential Markets, Aliant. "This partnership
opportunity is a great example of how collaborative approaches can lead to
enriched broadband experiences for our customers."
    Aliant Music Store, Aliant Online Expert, Internet Security Services,
GamesMania and Kid Zone represent just a few of the innovative ways High-Speed
customers in this area will be able to enhance their online experience.
    The following Eastern Shore communities within HRM are part of this
project:

    
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                 West Jeddore         Head of Jeddore
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                 Myers Point          Salmon River Bridge
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                 Oyster Pond          Lake Charlotte
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                 Watt Section         East Jeddore
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                 Hartlin Settlement   Sheet Harbour Passage
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                 Sober Island         Upper Lakeville
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                 West Quoddy          Port Dufferin
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                 East Quoddy          Clam Bay
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                 Moser River          Necum Teuch
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                 Clam Harbour         Moosehead
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                 Harrigan Cove        Little Harbour
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                 Owl's Head           Southwest Cove
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                 Ecum Secum           Ship Harbour
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                 Upper Musquodoboit   Greenwood
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                 Tangier              Popes Harbour
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                 Pleasant Harbour     Middle Musquodoboit
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                 Glenmore             South Section
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                 Brookvale            Murphy's Cove
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                 East Ship Harbour    Meaghers Grant
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                 Sheet Harbour        Elderbank
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                 Wyses Corner         Spry Bay
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                 Mushaboom
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    For more information about High-Speed or its enhanced services and
features please visit http://www.aliant.net.
    Aliant responded to an HRM Request for Proposals earlier this year to
provide High Speed to areas in HRM. For more information about the project
please visit http://www.halifax.ca (search words: Aliant High Speed)

    Note: Although extensive coverage is projected within the above mentioned
communities, there will be areas on the perimeter that may be outside the
coverage area. Complete coverage details will not be available until the site
is actually deployed and service testing is conducted as part of the High
Speed commissioning process.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

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For further information:

For further information: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, 1-877-487-3165 or (902) 499-5837

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