$8.9 M boost to area broadband for business parks

In a boost to the region’s economic development, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus has awarded contracts to expand high-speed fibre internet connections at more than 50 business parks and clusters across rural Eastern Ontario.

Included in this expansion is the Morrisburg Industrial Park in South Dundas. 

Other SDG municipalities including South Stormont (Ingleside and Long Sault), North Glengarry (Alexandria) and North Dundas (Winchester and Chesterville) will also benefit from the expansion of service. 

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus announced the Eastern Ontario Regional Network expansion, January 9, 2014.

Bell Aliant, Cogeco Cable Inc. and Utilities Kingston were awarded contracts to provide the new high-capacity, high-speed fibre internet connections. Locally, the work will be completed by Bell Aliant. 

The project adds to the number of business parks and clusters that already have broadband service in the region.

The companies are building the new services off of their existing infrastructure, as well as off of the 5,500-kilometre, fibre-optic backbone that was built through the Eastern Ontario Regional Network. The business park project, valued at about $8.9 million, is the latest phase of the EORN project, a $170 million initiative to expand rural broadband throughout the region. Created by the Wardens’ Caucus, the project is supported by federal, provincial, and municipal funding, and private sector investment.

“EORN is a key economic development tool for the region and we are pleased to extend the reach of the network to these important business hubs,” said EOWC Chair Rick Philips.

“Expanding high-capacity, high-speed internet fibre to these business parks will help our communities to attract and retain local businesses,” said Warden Eric Duncan. “It is a real boon for economic development.”

“The expansion of the fibre optic network is particularly timely given the Municipality’s current initiative to extend roadway access to additional lands in the Morrisburg Business Park, said Nicole Sullivan, economic development officer for South Dundas. “Both are important infrastructure developments and will help support the expansion of existing businesses and make the location competitive in the attraction of new business.”  

“Thanks to prudent financial management and project oversight, we are able to deliver this added value to business parks as part of the EORN initiative,” said EORN Chair David Burton. “We expect to complete construction of the business parks by 2014.”

EORN was established by the Wardens’ Caucus to manage expansion of the rural broadband network in Eastern Ontario. 

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