UNITED COUNTIES OF PRESCOTT AND RUSSELL, ON, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The
Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus has awarded Local Access Contracts that
will provide more than 12,000 homes and businesses improved access to
high-speed Internet across the South Nation zone, which spans the
northern and central portions of the United Counties of Prescott and
Russell. The service will be available by fall 2012.
Contracts have been awarded to both Bell Aliant and Xplornet
Communications Inc. that will extend high-speed access across the 1,200
square-kilometre area, expanding the reach of both companies existing
networks. Bell Aliant will provide wired or DSL service to more densely
populated areas, while Xplornet will extend access via wireless
Internet using 17 existing structures and two newly built ones.
The combined solution will provide customers in communities like
Bourget, Rockland, L'Orignal and Alfred with state-of-the-art
technology, a wide range of options up to 16 Mbps, and competitive,
"We are extremely pleased to announce these contracts," said Mel
Campbell, Chair of the EOWC. "We continue to make steady progress on
our goal of expanding high-speed broadband Internet access across
This is the sixth zone to be awarded contracts 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 and contracts have also been signed to
deliver high-speed via satellite at improved pricing.
"With this contract, we've taken another important step towards the
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."
"We welcome this new infrastructure, which builds on the improved access
already available in the southern part of the county," said United
Counties of Prescott & Russell Warden, Francois St. Amour. "It will
improve Internet access, offer greater choice to our local residents
and businesses and support the success of our community."
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 fall 2012, 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.
Disponible en français.
SOURCE Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN)
For further information:
Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, EORN