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Residents and Businesses in the Quinte-Loyalist Area Now Have Improved High-Speed Internet Access

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Residents and Businesses in the Quinte-Loyalist Area Now Have Improved High-Speed Internet Access

Ministry of Rural Affairs

Belleville, Ontario - Today, officials gathered to celebrate improved access to wireless high-speed Internet services for more than 80,000 residents and businesses in Eastern Ontario as part of the launch of the Quinte-Loyalist zone of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network.

The wireless network, built by Xplornet Communications, covers a 7,000-square-km region that includes all of Prince Edward County, most of the southern half of Hastings and Lennox and Addington Counties, a westerly portion of Frontenac County and a small portion of Northumberland County. Twenty-six new towers and 36 existing structures are being used to deliver the improved wireless broadband services.

"High-speed Internet access enables residents, businesses and institutions to access information, services and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. This service launch is truly a significant milestone to be celebrated throughout the region," said Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince-Edward Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. "Our government is proud to support this project that will spur innovation, encourage economic development and improve the quality of life in Eastern Ontario."

"Through this investment in broadband service, the new Ontario government is strengthening rural communities," said the Honourable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Rural Affairs. "This will give residents access to modern, high-speed Internet services and help leverage investments in rural communities that will create jobs for our families."

"Improving broadband access is one of the keys to unlocking the enormous economic potential of our region," said Rick Phillips, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC). "Today's launch is a significant stepping stone towards our goal of providing higher speeds and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes in Eastern Ontario."

"Expanding broadband across this large and populous part of the region is an important achievement for EORN, which continues to progress on schedule and on budget," said David Burton, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN).

"We are very pleased to have completed such an important broadband project for the residents and businesses of this region, and to have completed on time, and under budget," said Sue Good, Vice President Dealer Sales Xplornet Communication Inc. "Our mission is to make the transformational power of real, high-speed Internet available to every Canadian regardless of where they live.  We are excited to have been part of achieving that goal right here."

The Quinte-Loyalist zone is the largest local access zone to be built as part of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network. Once the entire network is completed, it will improve high-speed access throughout the nearly 50,000 square kilometres of Eastern Ontario, a region encompassing the counties of Hastings, Peterborough, Renfrew, Northumberland, Haliburton, Frontenac, Lanark, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, as well as the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to one-third of total eligible costs of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, to a maximum contribution of $55 million each. EOWC Inc. is contributing $10 million and private sector partners are providing the remaining funding toward the project. 

Funding from the Government of Canada is being provided through the Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component, which targets larger, strategic projects of national or regional significance.

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a New Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 898,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The New Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, will support Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

Since 2003, Ontario has invested approximately $75 billion in infrastructure. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario's economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

For additional information about Canada's investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit infrastructure.gc.ca.

For ongoing information about progress in rural Ontario, please visit the ontario.ca/rural

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