High-speed internet access is no longer a dream

Algonquin Fiber is coming to the area

Article by Ted Amsden/TAParchiveimageofVernonville

If you are desperate for high-speed access to the internet and you live in the Shelter Valley Road area, your internet ship (in this case, a speed boat) may have just arrived.

The Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program which you can do a deep dive into at  https://www.cengn.ca/about-us/ says, “Under the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) CENGN is looking to fund innovative projects across Rural Ontario that demonstrate technology solutions that offer flexible, lower cost, higher performance residential broadband access for Rural Ontario communities. These live technology projects will be funded for 3-6 months, designed to test new technologies and validate business case solutions to improve high-speed internet access to residences within Rural Ontario communities.”

What this means is there is a program out there to fund companies that are looking at ways to bring faster internet services to rural communities.

The company overseeing this, CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks has a mission statement that says that the company, “Drives technology innovation and industry growth through our test bed, technical expertise, talent development, and partner ecosystem.”

Why this matters locally is CENGN has announced a rural Ontario Broadband Project for Alnwick/Halimand Township. Which will bring “micro-duct fibre” to homes resulting in some area residents gaining access to high-speed internet. 

A firm called “Algonquin Fiber” has been selected to supply the service. 

The service provider will install over 16km of fibre to connect 150 homes with enhanced internet access. Using micro-duct technology will allow Algonquin Fiber to provide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services to residents very cost-effectively.

Who is going to get access?

The FTTH service will provide 100 Mbps down/100 Mbps up internet access to residents along Shelter Valley Road, Vernonville Road, and east along Dudley Road to Purdy Corners.

This new service will significantly improve current internet conditions for residents living along these roads within the township.

What “very cost-effectively” means is not stated but on a postive note, the provided information states that this installation, “will serve as a model for extending high-performance internet access services into areas with narrow, deep, and heavily-treed valleys for other communities across the province.” 

Should you like to go deeper into the subject go here https://www.cengn.ca/cengn-announces-rural-ontario-broadband-project-for-alnwick-haldimand-township/ .

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