Please review the below press release which means that not just certain areas of Northumberland will have high speed but all of the County! This will be a comfort to the many people moving to our area (or already living here) who need access to High Speed for work and personal use. This should help to boost sales for our rural areas, where some Buyer would love to live but for lack of access to the High Speed they have had to choose closer to the towns. Read below if you want the full story.
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET COMING TO NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
McGuinty Government Supports Local Infrastructure Project
NEWS November 28, 2008
Northumberland County is among 15 successful municipalities moving forward
with plans to build local broadband infrastructure thanks to a partnership
with the Ontario government.
The Rural Connections Broadband Program provides funding to help rural
municipalities build high-speed Internet projects in their communities. The
program's goal is to bring broadband access to rural and remote areas
currently under-serviced in southern Ontario.
The province will provide funding for one-third of the approved eligible
costs of the project. The Northumberland project is eligible for $976,833.
Broadband combines telecommunications infrastructure and service to deliver
more Internet information at speeds far greater than dial-up service.
"This announcement will give our businesses, students and teachers,
healthcare professionals and citizens the hi-tech tools they need to succeed
and do business," said Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West. "I
am delighted that the County of Northumberland and its municipal and First
Nations partners brought forward a successful proposal which shows their
commitment to community broadband expansion and to providing their citizens
with the best technology possible."
"Establishing high-speed connectivity throughout Northumberland County
provides another critical piece of infrastructure for our economic and
social well-being," said Christine Herrington, Northumberland County Warden.
"On behalf of my fellow mayors, I applaud the province for its commitment to
our rural constituents and the opportunities this investment will provide."
"This project is the result of a co-operative effort by all municipalities
in Northumberland who ensured our request to the province reflected the
absolute necessity of high-speed accessibility and the subsequent benefits
it would bring to our residents," said Dan Borowec, Director of Economic
Development and Tourism, Northumberland County.
"Improved broadband will help Aboriginal people and communities access
greater education delivery services and economic development opportunities,"
said Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
§ Today's announcement of 15 new broadband projects amounts to a
provincial commitment of $8.8 million. In the next four years, the Ontario
government will invest up to $30 million in rural partnerships which will
build rural Ontario's broadband infrastructure.
§ Northumberland County collaborated with the Municipality of Port
Hope, Town of Cobourg, Hamilton Township, Township of Alnwick/Haldimand,
Alderville First Nations Community, Cramahe Township, Municipality of
Brighton and the Municipality of Trent Hills on this project.
§ In 2007, 18 projects marked the first wave of broadband
infrastructure undertaken jointly by rural municipalities and the province.
Thanks to the province's strategy, today's announcement brings the total to