DORSET, ON, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus
(EOWC) has awarded a Local Access Contract that will improve access to
high-speed Internet to 1,800 homes and businesses in the area
surrounding Dorset, in the northeast of Haliburton County. The service
will be available in fall of 2013.
As part of the contract, Bell Aliant will provide a wired DSL solution
including laying 16 kilometres of new fibre optic cable in this small,
predominantly cottage community. The network will rely on four new
Internet access points built in Dorset. Bell Aliant will provide
services ranging from 2 Mbps to up to 16 Mbps, depending on the
customer location and proximity to the access point.
"We are extremely pleased to announce this contract," said Mel Campbell,
Chair of the EOWC. "This contract will improve wired access in an area
that was previously underserved because it has such low population
Satellite services will provide the balance of high-speed coverage in
the area. Satellite access remains the best fit technology for very
sparsely populated areas or regions with difficult terrain. Contracts
have already been signed to deliver high-speed via satellite at
improved pricing across Eastern Ontario.
In all, nearly two dozen local access contracts will be awarded 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, including laying more than 400 kilometres
of new cable, is nearing completion.
"We are making excellent progress in 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."
EORN is a not-for-profit organization established by the EOWC to
manage all contracts awarded as part of the project.
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SOURCE Eastern Ontario Regional Network
For further information:
Lisa Severson, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, EORN