People in more than 31,000 homes and businesses in Renfrew County will have less time to twiddle their thumbs waiting for web pages to load thanks to Friday’s announcement they will get greater high-speed Internet service.
The project, a joint venture of all three levels of government and private sectors, has installed a new Bell Aliant fibre-optic cable network and new or improved access points throughout eastern Ontario, providing download speeds of up to 15 megabytes per second.
In any area that can’t connect to the wire service, a satellite solution from Xplornet Communications will provide connectivity speeds of up to 10 megabytes per second.
The federal and provincial governments are each contributing $55 million while the remaining $170 million is coming from the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus and private-sector partners.
“This will help improve quality of life and economic opportunity for many communities,” David Burton, the chair of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, said in a statement.