HASTINGS COUNTY, ON, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Eastern Ontario Wardens'
Caucus has awarded its second Local Access Contract that will allow nearly 80,000 homes and businesses to connect
wirelessly to high-speed Internet across a region that includes all of
Prince Edward County, most of the southern half of Hastings and Lennox
and Addington Counties and a westerly portion of Frontenac County. The
service will be available by fall 2012.
As part of the contract, Xplornet Communications Inc. will expand its
fixed wireless network to reach an area of some 7,000 square
kilometres. This is Xplornet's second access contract with the
"We are extremely pleased to announce this second contract," said J.
Murray Jones, Chair of the EOWC. "It covers one of our largest and
most populous zones. Not only will it improve service to surrounding
rural areas, many residents of, Belleville, Quinte West and parts of
Kingston will also see improved high speed access."
This is the second of several contracts that 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 is already underway and a contract has also been signed
to deliver high-speed via satellite at improved pricing.
"With this contract, we've taken another important step towards the
building of 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."
"Xplornet is pleased to be able to expand access to fast, affordable
broadband Internet across Eastern Ontario through this investment in
wireless infrastructure" said John Maduri, CEO of Xplornet
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 10 Mbps. These speeds will
enable users to stream video and other innovative applications that
will support various sectors, including business, health and education.
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SOURCE Eastern Ontario Regional Network
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