Aliant investing $1.7 million to provide high-speed Internet to rural HRM

    Aliant expanding High Speed to 43 communities in the Eastern Shore area
    as part of new project

    HALIFAX, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information
and communications technology provider, today announced that it was selected
by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and government funding partners to
provide high-speed Internet to residents in the Eastern Shore area of HRM. HRM
is providing project management services, and, the Government of Canada and
the Province of Nova Scotia are providing funding for this project. The
deployment of High Speed across the area is expected to be completed by the
end of the year.
    "Aliant is pleased to be able to provide High-Speed - along with its full
suite of innovative services and features - to residents in the Eastern Shore
area," says Joe Mosher, VP, Residential Markets, Aliant. "This partnership
opportunity is a great example of how collaborative approaches can lead to
enriched broadband experiences for our customers."
    Aliant Music Store, Aliant Online Expert, Internet Security Services,
GamesMania and Kid Zone represent just a few of the innovative ways High-Speed
customers in this area will be able to enhance their online experience.
    The following Eastern Shore communities within HRM are part of this

                 West Jeddore         Head of Jeddore
                 Myers Point          Salmon River Bridge
                 Oyster Pond          Lake Charlotte
                 Watt Section         East Jeddore
                 Hartlin Settlement   Sheet Harbour Passage
                 Sober Island         Upper Lakeville
                 West Quoddy          Port Dufferin
                 East Quoddy          Clam Bay
                 Moser River          Necum Teuch
                 Clam Harbour         Moosehead
                 Harrigan Cove        Little Harbour
                 Owl's Head           Southwest Cove
                 Ecum Secum           Ship Harbour
                 Upper Musquodoboit   Greenwood
                 Tangier              Popes Harbour
                 Pleasant Harbour     Middle Musquodoboit
                 Glenmore             South Section
                 Brookvale            Murphy's Cove
                 East Ship Harbour    Meaghers Grant
                 Sheet Harbour        Elderbank
                 Wyses Corner         Spry Bay

    For more information about High-Speed or its enhanced services and
features please visit
    Aliant responded to an HRM Request for Proposals earlier this year to
provide High Speed to areas in HRM. For more information about the project
please visit (search words: Aliant High Speed)

    Note: Although extensive coverage is projected within the above mentioned
communities, there will be areas on the perimeter that may be outside the
coverage area. Complete coverage details will not be available until the site
is actually deployed and service testing is conducted as part of the High
Speed commissioning process.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

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For further information:

For further information: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, 1-877-487-3165 or (902) 499-5837

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