Construction Begins On Eastern Ontario's Broadband Mega-Network
Canada, Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus Move Landmark Partnership Forward
Hastings County, Ontario -- Ontario's largest rural broadband network is ready to begin construction. The high-speed Internet infrastructure project will connect with local delivery systems to expand service to an estimated one million residents and businesses in Eastern Ontario.
The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and the Honourable Carol Mitchell, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, together with Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus Inc. (EOWC) moved forward on a landmark partnership today to start construction of the broadband network in Eastern Ontario. The EOWC comprises the 13 upper- and single-tier municipalities within Eastern Ontario, as well as separated municipalities and First Nations communities.
"Our Government remains committed to delivering investments that help create jobs and build strong, sustainable communities now and for years to come," said Minister Strahl. "The construction of a broadband network in Eastern Ontario will help to expand and improve local businesses and their services, connect family and friends to one another, and significantly boost our regional economy."
"The McGuinty government is working to build partnerships that help bring vital health, education and business services to Ontarians living in rural and remote communities," said Minister Mitchell. "This large-scale broadband project is a major achievement for Eastern Ontario, and one we are proud to invest in. This is part of our Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities."
"Providing broadband access to residents, businesses and First Nations communities is one of the keys to unlocking the enormous economic potential of our region. This network is essential to our prosperity," said EOWC Chair, David Burton.
"Bell Aliant and Bell are pleased to have been selected to complete this significant communications infrastructure project together for the homes and businesses of Eastern Ontario," said Chuck Hartlen, Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions, Bell Aliant. "By building this core backbone fibre network and by using our extensive communications and technology expertise, we will be enabling access to faster, next generation broadband technology to 95% of this Eastern Ontario region."
"We are proud to be working with EOWC, an organization that is as passionate about connecting rural Ontarians to high-speed Internet as we are," said John Maduri, CEO of Barrett Xplore Inc. "Our mission is to provide innovative broadband solutions to rural customers at work, home, and play."
Through the Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component, the governments of Canada and Ontario target larger, strategic projects of national and regional significance. Projects that support economic growth, such as connectivity and broadband, qualify for joint funding under this fund.