EOWC and Barrett Xplore Inc. partner on new and improved satellite
WOODSTOCK, NB, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus
(EOWC) as part of their $170 million dollar regional broadband project,
has awarded a contract to Barrett Xplore Inc., through its Xplornet
brand, to provide immediate and more affordable broadband access via
satellite to residents across eastern Ontario.
For many people and businesses that today cannot access high-speed
Internet this new arrangement makes access to the possibilities of
broadband a reality. Starting on January 24, 2011 Barrett Xplore Inc.
will begin offering residents an up to 1.5 Mbps package for $69.99 per
month with an upfront one-time cost as low as $99 depending on contract
EOWC residents will benefit from new technologies as the Barrett network
evolves. Starting in 2012, Barrett's new 4G network will be available
in the EOWC region. This network will use High-Throughput Satellites
that will be capable of speeds up to 25 Mbps, and will offer even
better value for end-consumers. Xplornet satellite customers who sign
up for this new offer will have the option in 2012 to upgrade to the
new 4G network.
At the same time, EOWC's work on an ultra high-speed, fibre optic
telecommunications grid for Eastern Ontario is continuing on schedule.
"Today's announcement," said J. Murray Jones, Chair of the EOWC Inc.,
"is a major step forward in the creation of our new ultra high-speed
broadband network we call EORN (Eastern Ontario Regional Network). The
availability of affordable high-speed internet services via satellite
has been one of our key goals; particularly for those homes and
businesses where the only other option was dial-up. We think the
monthly savings of some $50.00 combined with the $199.00 reduction in
upfront costs means good value for everyone."
In the words of John Maduri, CEO of Barrett Xplore, "With this first
EOWC broadband deployment, the wait for affordable broadband for many
eastern Ontarians is over."
"With the new lower prices and reduced up-front costs for new customers
we think that there will be significant interest across the
region. There is nothing more exciting to us than to work with local
agencies that are committed to making affordable rural broadband a
reality. The Wardens in Eastern Ontario deserve tremendous credit for
what they have accomplished," said Maduri today.
The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) is the Caucus' new
high-speed, high-capacity broadband network that will bring high-speed
Internet access to an area of more than 50,000 square kilometers (about
the size of Nova Scotia). Satellite is one of the service options.
The EOWC region extends from Northumberland County and the City of
Kawartha Lakes in the west to the Quebec border, and north through
Renfrew County, but excludes the City of Ottawa.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario will jointly provide two-thirds of
the total eligible costs of the project, to a maximum combined
contribution of $110 million or $55 million each towards the $170
million cost of EORN. For more details on the Network visit www.eorn.ca.
The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus Inc. represents more than one
million people and thousands of businesses across the 11 counties and 2
single tier municipalities that make up Eastern Ontario. For more
information about the Caucus visit www.eowc.org
Barrett Xplore is Canada's largest provider of rural broadband. It has
successfully delivered 100% broadband access at affordable pricing to
New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario, and provides service
in every province and territory in Canada.
Residents of the rural areas of Eastern Ontario can call Xplornet at
1-866-943-8632 or visit www.xplornet.com to find the best package for them.
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 Barrett Xplore Inc.
For further information:
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer
Regional Marketing Manager Ontario
Barrett Xplore Inc.