HASTINGS COUNTY, 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 for about 9,000 homes and businesses in
northern Hastings County. The service will be available in fall of
As part of the contract, Bell Aliant will provide a wired DSL solution
that will expand broadband access using 77 kilometres of new fibre and
21 new Internet access points. It will provide services will range
from 2 Mbps to up to 16 Mbps, depending on the customer location and
proximity to the access points.
"We are extremely pleased to announce this contract," said Mel Campbell,
Chair of the EOWC. "This contract will help 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, 22 local access contracts will be awarded in 15 zones 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