HASTINGS COUNTY, ON, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Eastern Ontario Regional
Network (EORN), Ontario's largest rural broadband network, was one of
just five organizations shortlisted for an international award
recognizing its efforts to deliver greater broadband penetration to the
The award is from the Broadband World Forum, an industry non-profit
organization, which recognizes organizations for increasing high-speed
access by spurring investment, reducing rollout costs or creating
effective public policy.
"This is a tremendous honour and a credit to the people of Eastern
Ontario. It is also great recognition of our federal, provincial,
municipal public and private sector partners, who all stepped up to the
plate," said Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC) Chair Rick
Philips. The Wardens' Caucus created the EORN project as a key
economic development tool for the region.
"This honour really demonstrates the exceptional work of the EORN
project to expand broadband in Eastern Ontario," said EORN Chair David
Burton. "We always thought what we were doing was world class, and now
we know it."
The Broadband World Forum is focused on engineering smarter and faster
broadband networks and defining best practices for global networks. The
winner of the award was a British telecom that manages national
internet infrastructure. The announcement was made at the Forum's
annual international conference held this week in Amsterdam. Others on
the shortlist included an international telecom from China, and
telecommunications firms from Indonesia and Malaysia.
EORN was created by the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus to manage
expansion of the rural broadband network in Eastern Ontario. The $170
million project is funded by federal, provincial and municipal
governments and private sector investment. It includes a 5,500-km fibre
optic backbone and more than a dozen local access networks that will
increase internet speeds and services to 95 per cent of the households
in the region by 2014.
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SOURCE: Eastern Ontario Regional Network
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For more information, contact:
Lisa Severson, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, EORN