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February 14, 2024
Volume 194 No. 7

The Internet is Coming

Of 232 kilometres of new broadband approved for roadside installation below ground, some 144 kilometres is either now in place or is underway.
<p>(County of Prince Edward image)</p>
(County of Prince Edward image)

Internet services are expanding in the County. Ledcor has been installing fibre optic cabling for Rogers since last summer. 

(Ned Burgess/For The Gazette)

The project by Rogers involves expanding fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to approximately 7,000 properties in the County. Begun mid-2022, it should be completed by the end of 2025.

In some neighbourhoods, it’s been a long wait. Local Realtor Ned Burgess, who lives in Consecon, said, “Starlink has been great but I’m looking forward to increased speed and reduced latency.” 

“It’s nice to see increased competition among ISPs, especially in rural areas, and not just for the residents but for rural businesses,” said Mr. Burgess. “It was funny to see Starlink ramp up their rollout last year around the same time the Rogers expansion started.”

In many cases the conduit is run on both sides of the road to service residences. It’s a major connective  project, the result of a partnership between Ontario and Rogers Cable under Ontario’s Accelerated High-Speed Internet Program (AHSIP). 

The Ontario government has contributed $15.67 million to the County portion of the province-wide project.

Rogers is installing more than 1,000 kilometres of new fibre infrastructure across Quinte West, Belleville, and the County. Total cost is over $140 million and will connect 20,000 homes and businesses to high speed internet.

The Government of Ontario has committed nearly $4 billion to bring access to reliable, high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities across the province. The goal is to connect every region in Ontario to reliable, high-speed internet by the end of 2025.

This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history.

In some neighbourhoods, it’s been a long wait. Local Realtor Ned Burgess, who lives in Consecon, said, “Starlink has been great but I’m looking forward to increased speed and reduced latency.” Mr. Burgess sent these photos in to the Gazette last week.

This map, maintained by the Province of Ontario, shows both high-speed internet projects and current availability.

This text is from the Volume 194 No. 7 edition of The Picton Gazette
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