Barrett Xplore Inc., awarded 2 additional administrative regions in Quebec

Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians, the program to fund high-speed Internet service in rural regions, announces new subsidized projects in the province

MONTREAL, July 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Barrett Xplore Inc., provider of Xplornet Internet services, is pleased to announce that it was awarded funding to deliver broadband services to two additional administrative regions in the province of Quebec today. This announcement comes as part of the projects being subsidized by Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians. This program is a federal incentive program whose objective is to bring high-speed Internet to Canadians in unserved or underserved regions. The announcement, made by the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, came shortly after a first series of wins announced back in May, which awarded the largest percentage to Barrett.

The new regions Barrett Xplore Inc. has been awarded in Quebec are:

Saguenay Lac-St-Jean

Lac-St-Jean-Est, Fjord-du-Saguenay, Maria-Chapdelaine, Domaine-du-Roy: shared service in areas not previously covered.

Mauricie

Les Chenaux, Maskinongé, Mékinac : shared service in areas not previously covered.

Lac-Édouard, La Bostonnais, laTuque, Shawinigan: service in areas not previously covered.

"This is huge news for us as the province of Quebec is a top priority for Barrett," said Charles Beaudet, General Manager for Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces at Barrett Xplore Inc. "We are committed to executing on a solid plan for growth in Quebec. We will provide broadband access to 100% of unserved residents in these administrative regions, thanks to our hybrid model which includes Fixed Wireless and Satellite technology."

The success in Quebec reflects the strength of the relationships that Barrett has built with local communities and government leaders, as well as meeting rigorous Broadband Canada criteria, understanding local markets, and the ability to execute on-time and on-budget.

This new win for Barrett represents over 14,000 households in these new regions. M. Beaudet adds that "in all, the announcement of these two administrative regions brings the total number of households awarded to Barrett Xplore Inc. to over 78,000. We made Quebec a priority, and our work is paying off".

In May 2010, Barrett Xplore was initially awarded the following regions:

Lower St. Lawrence

Kamouraska, Rivière-du-Loup, Témiscouata, Les Basques, Rimouski-Neigette, La Mitis, Matane and La Matapédia: 100% served by Xplornet.

Chaudière-Appalaches

Bellechasse, Montmagny, L'Islet, Les Etchemins, Robert-Cliche, Nouvelle-Beauce, Lotbinière, Les Appalaches and Beauce-Sartigan: shared service in areas not previously covered.

Estrie

Val-Saint-François, Memphremagog, Le Granit and Asbestos: 100% served by Xplornet.

Central Quebec

Nicolet-Yamaska, Drummond, Arthabaska, Bécancour and L'Érable: shared service in areas not previously covered.

Lanaudière

Matawinie, Montcalm, Joliette, L'Assomption, Les Moulins, and D'Autray: 100% served by Xplornet.

About Barrett Xplore Inc.

Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Barrett Xplore Inc. operates Xplornet Internet Services, Canada's largest rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory. Barrett Xplore aims to bridge the urban/rural digital divide by ensuring that every Canadian, regardless of where they live, has access to broadband, thereby enabling them to compete effectively in the global economy and gain access to essential government and educational services. For additional information, please visit www.xplornet.com.

SOURCE XPLORNET

For further information: For further information: about the changes and impact that this news will have on the regions or to arrange an interview with Charles Beaudet, General Manager for Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces at Barrett Xplore Inc., please contact: Pascale Gagnon, 514-395-0375 ext. 235, pgagnon@hkdp.qc.ca; Vanessa Joannisse-Goulet, 514-395-0375 ext. 234, vjgoulet@hkdp.qc.ca

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