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Project Update • January 2012 Project Overview Ontario’s largest rural broadband network EORN will enable high-speed Internet access across Eastern Ontario that will improve the quality of life of our residents and support innovation and economic growth. A project of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, the broadband network is a $170 million project to be built through the support of federal, provincial, municipal and private sector funding. The project aims to improve access to the Internet with higher speeds and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario, a majority of which will see speeds of up to 10 Mbps. A key aspect of the project is that it is stimulating significant infrastructure investments by Internet service providers (ISPs) that will improve rural broadband access. EORN is seeking to create an efficient network that increases availability of high-speed while encouraging an open and competitive marketplace for Internet services in the community. Input provided by industry stakeholders helped shape the structure of the project. An open and transparent competitive bidding process is ensuring the participation of multiple private sector partners in the project. The network will be created by: (1) Building a high-capacity scalable fibre optic backbone throughout the region. (2) Creating greater access to the network by awarding contracts to ISPs – with a focus on promoting investment in high-speed access and bridging the urban/rural price gap. (3) Ensuring no one is left behind by negotiating improved services and better rates on satellite services for areas that cannot be reached through wireless or wired connections. Quick facts E • ORN covers an area of more than 50,000 square kilometres in Eastern Ontario. It is almost the same size as Nova Scotia. N • early 300,000 people, mostly in the rural areas of the region, have no or poor access to the Internet. • T he Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus represents nearly one million people in 11 counties and two single-tier cities. Pembroke L’Orignal Whitney RENFREW UNITED COUNTIES OF COUNTY PRESCOTT AND RUSSELL Ottawa Huntsville HALIBURTON COUNTY UNITED COUNTIES OF STORMONT, DUNDAS Minden AND GLENGARRY LANARK COUNTY Cornwall FRONTENAC Perth COUNTY HASTINGS UNITED COUNTIES COUNTY OF LEEDS AND GRENVILLE KAWARTHA Brockville LAKES PETERBOROUGH COUNTY LENN OX Lindsay AND ADDIN GTON COUN TY Glenburnie Peterborough Napanee Belleville NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY Picton Cobourg Oshawa PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY Lake Ontario Timeline The region has been divided into 15 zones for access. EORN Zone Names Expected Service Availability to Households n Satellite Services* Available Now n Embrun Available Now n Quinte-Loyalist Fall 2012 n Northumberland, Highlands, South Nation Fall 2012 n Haliburton, Kawartha Summer 2013 n Ottawa Valley North/South Fall 2013 n Lanark, SD&G, Dorset, Sebright Fall 2013 n Hastings North, Thousand Islands Fall 2013 *Satellite service is currently available at improved pricing throughout the region. Satellite may continue to be the best fit technology for remote areas or difficult terrain within all EORN Zones. Exact availability will be established through the competitive bidding process. Progress Highlights Community outreach Community information sessions are being held throughout the region. By the end of 2012, more than 50 such sessions are expected to have helped highlight this important project. Backbone When completed, EORN will include a scalable network of 5,500 kilometres of new and existing fibre connected by new generation high-speed switches in 160 Points of Presence (PoPs). In all, only 520 kilometres of new cable will need to be laid. Each PoP will have a network capacity of 10 Gbps and will be scalable to 100 Gbps as demand grows. Bell/Bell Aliant is investing $23 million directly into the fibre optic network. Construction of the backbone is well underway, with more than 60 of the 160 new Points of Presence in service. Already 313 kilometres of new optical fibre has been laid – about 60 per cent of the total new cable. Access As well, Internet service providers can bid and receive funding to improve and add new broadband infrastructure. In order to organize the process, Eastern Ontario has been divided into 15 different coverage zones. Separate Requests for Proposal will be issued to operate and provide Internet access to consumers and businesses in each zone. These “last mile access” contracts will be in place for at least the next 14 years, the term of the project. As such, successful partners will be required to have the financial capacity to complete the project and carry it forward for the term of the contract. EORN is committed to an open access policy. This means that Internet service providers will all have the option to buy transport bandwidth at the same competitive price, in order to create a level playing field. Proposals to provide local Internet access are evaluated on a number of criteria, including: • The geographic reach and number of households reached by the proposal; • The speeds and bandwidth that will be achieved; C • ompetitive consumer pricing that closes the urban/rural price gap and provides residents with maximum choice; • Financial investment required by EORN; and, • The infrastructure investment to be made by the company. The 15 geographic areas, which do not follow municipal or county lines, are based on Bell Aliant’s fibre optic network. As that network is built, Requests for Proposals are being issued for the local access piece. EORN staff is available to meet with municipal, provincial and federal officials who would like more information on these local access contracts as they pertain to their own jurisdictions. Satellite Internet access via satellite technology will be used in areas with low population density or where difficult topography means that neither wired nor wireless options are possible. For example, valleys or trees may block the “line of sight” to fixed wireless towers. In very sparsely populated areas, satellite is simply the most cost-effective means of delivering high-speed Internet services. Improved and more affordable satellite services are currently available through Xplornet Communications Inc. Residents can find out more about available options by contacting any of the company’s dealers across the region or locating a dealer on www.Xplornet.com. Next Generation Satellites On October 19, 2011 a new high-throughput satellite was launched. Xplornet Communications Inc. is a partner in the satellite and is gearing up to offer its new suite of Internet services for customers across Eastern Ontario by January 31, 2012. The new satellite will give customers service package options never before available. This 4G satellite network represents a major leap ahead in advanced technologies. It will be able to deliver significantly more capacity to the subscriber, which has become essential to a successful subscriber experience. Pricing Consumer pricing will vary depending on which technology a resident can access. Wired or DSL technology is the least expensive in terms of monthly cost, but has physical limitations in terms of its reach. Fixed wireless and satellite technologies are more costly, but are able to reach households and businesses that would not otherwise have high-speed access. That is why a mix of technologies will be critical to fulfilling EORN’s mission. Local Access North Bay Rolphton Deep River Chalk River Masson-Angers Laurentian Hills Petawawa Plantagenet Alfred Kramer Subdivision UNITED COUNTIES OF Pembroke Beachburg ! . Cobden PRESCOTT AND RUSSELL Lachute Golden Lake L’Orignal Whitney Killaloe Eganville Bourget Masson-Angers Rockland Plantagenet Alfred Hawkesbury Ottawa RENFREW Douglas St. Isidore Vankleek Hill Barry’s Bay COUNTY Braeside UNITED COUNTIES OF Renfrew Hull St. Eugene Foymount Aylmer PRESCOTT AND RUSSELL Arnprion Bourget Ottawa St. Isidore Glen Robertson Huntsville Palmer Rapids Pakenham Casselman Nepean Casselman Alexandria Maxville Calabogie Leitrim Maxville ! . Dorset Mississippi Mills Leitrim West Guilford Embrun Maynooth UNITED COUNTIES OF Russell Crysler HALIBURTON COUNTY Embrun Carleton Place STORMONT, DUNDAS Avonmore UNITED COUNTIES OF Bracebridge Carnarvon Denbigh AND GLENGARRY Expanding Coverage Bancroft Chesterville Finch Martintown Lancaster Haliburton Wilberforce Russell McDonalds Lanark Crysler Winchester Long Sault Glen Walter STORMONT, DUNDAS Cardiff Corners South Mountain Ingleside Gravenhurst Kemptville Minden Gooderham Williamsburg Cornwall Plevna LANARK Smiths Falls Avonmore Thus far, local access contracts have Merrickville Morrisburg COUNTY Perth AND GLENGARRY Coe Hill FRONTENAC Gilmour Spencerville Iroquois Kinmount COUNTY Maberly Seabright Apsley HASTINGS UNITED COUNTIES Cardinal been signed for three of 15 zones Orillia Coboconk COUNTY North Brook Arden Chesterville AND GRENVILLE OF LEEDS Finch Westport Toledo North Augusta Prescott Martintown Winchester Kirkfield Portland Fenelon Falls Burleigh Falls and high-speed access has gone Long Sault Athens Maitland Bobcaygeon Nephton Elgin Madoc Delta Beaverton KAWARTHA PETERBOROUGH Marmora Brockville LAKES COUNTY Havelock LENNOX AND TamworthSouth Mountain Verona Ingleside live in one. Subsequent Requests Dunsford Kemptville Woodville Tweed Enterprise Seeley’s Bay Mallorytown Lakefield ADDINGT ON Harrowsmith Inverary Lindsay Bridgenorth Norwood Yanker COUNTY Glenburnie Williamsburg Campellford Stirling Selby Newburgh for Proposals are at various stages Little Britain Omemee Peterborough Hastings Thurlow Odessa Kingston Bethany Warkworth Frankford Napanee Port Perry Bailieboro Belleville Wolfe Island and contracts with Internet service Roseneath Deseronto Newmarket Trenton Bath Castleton Garden Hill NORTHUMBERLAND Adolpustown COUNTY Cold Springs Brighton Picton providers are expected to be Markham Welcome Grafton Bloomfield Oshawa Colborne Ajax Port Hope Cobourg Wellington PRINCE EDWARD Bowmanville COUNTY Pickering completed over the next six months. Toronto Lake Ontario Embrun Zone The first of seven Requests for Proposals covering the 15 geographic access areas was awarded this summer to Xplornet Communications Inc. for the Embrun zone, which encompasses an area in the southwest of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell. Wireless high-speed access became available in the zone in December 2011, five months ahead of schedule. A • s part of the contract, Xplornet Communications Inc. expanded its fixed wireless network to reach a 500 square-kilometre region. The project uses a dozen water towers, silos and communications towers to deliver wireless broadband throughout the area. T • he service covers more than 8,000 homes and businesses in the area around Embrun, Ontario. T • he contract provides pricing comparable to urban offerings and better than average price for similar technology in the region. Packages ranging from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Mbps will be available. The 10 Mbps offering is a major leap forward for consumers, particularly in the rural areas. North Bay Rolphton Deep River y Chalk River Laurentian Hills Petawawa Rolphton Kramer Subdivision Deep River Plevna LANARK Pembroke Beachburg Coe Hill Chalk River COUNTY Laurentian Hills Petawawa FRONTENAC Gilmour Lakefield Kramer Cobden Subdivision COUNTY Maberly Killaloe Golden Lake Whitney HASTINGS Lindsay Apsley Masson-Ange Bridgenorth Pembroke Eganville RENFREW Norwood Beachburg Douglas Campellford ! . Barry’s Bay COUNTY Arden Lachute COUNTY Foymount Renfrew Braeside Hull Aylmer North Brook Westport Arnprion Whitney Killaloe Golden Lake Cobden Rockland L’Orignal Huntsville Omemee Peterborough Palmer Rapids Hastings Pakenham Ottawa Eganville Masson-Angers Burleigh Falls RENFREW Douglas Plantagenet Alfred Hawkesbury Vankleek Hill Dorset Calabogie Mississippi Mills Nepean Leitrim West Guilford Nephton Barry’s Bay COUNTY Renfrew Braeside Hull UNITED COUNTIES OF St. Eugene Maynooth R PRESCOTT AND RUSSELL HALIBURTON Madoc Aylmer Frankford Foymount Arnprion Carleton Place ETERBOROUGH Marmora Verona Ottawa Bourget St. Isidore BracebridgeBethany Carnarvon COUNTY Denbigh Warkworth LENN OX Pakenham Glen Robertson Bancroft lle Palmer Rapids C COUNTY Havelock Tamworth Nepean Leitrim Casselman Maxville Alexandria Haliburton Wilberforce Bailieboro Calabogie Wi AND Dorset ! . Mississippi Mills McDonalds Lanark West Guilford HALIBURTON Maynooth Tweed Enterprise Russell Embrun UNITED COUNTIES OF Crysler Gravenhurst Cardiff Roseneath Corners Kemptville South Trenton Minden COUNTY ADDI NGTO N Carleton Place Harrowsmith Inverary Avonmore STORMONT, DUNDAS Gooderham Plevna LANARK Smiths Falls AND GLENGARRY Castleton dge Carnarvon Denbigh Merrickville Norwood Campellford Bancroft Yanker Coe Hill COUNTY Perth COUN TY Lanark Chesterville Finch Martintown Lancaster Wilberforce FRONTENAC Haliburton Winchester Spencerville Garden Hill NORTHUMBERLAND Long Sault Glen Walter Gilmour McDonalds Kinmount COUNTY st Cardiff Stirling Selby Corners Newburgh South Mountain Ingleside HASTINGS Apsley UNITED COUNTIES Maberly eterborough Gooderham Minden Hastings ThurlowPlevna LANARK Smiths Falls Kemptville Williamsburg Cornwall Seabright COUNTY OF LEEDS AND GRENVILLE Odessa Arden Cold Springs COUNTY Brighton Coboconk Coe Hill FRONTENAC COUNTY Perth Merrickville Kingston Morrisburg Orillia North Brook Westport Toledo North Augusta Pre Kinmount Warkworth Frankford Gilmour COUNTY Maberly Napanee Spencerville Iroquois Kirkfield Fenelon Falls Burleigh Falls Portland Athens Maitland Nephton Welcome UNITED COUNTIES Bobcaygeon Elgin ght Apsley HASTINGS Belleville Cardinal Grafton Madoc Delta Coboconk Roseneath COUNTY North Brook Arden Deseronto OF LEEDS AND GRENVILLE Bath Beaverton KAWARTHA LAKES PETERBOROUGH COUNTY Marmora LENNOX Colborne Verona Brockville Trenton Westport Prescott Havelock Tamworth Cobourg ANDTON Toledo North Augusta Dunsford Kirkfield Castleton Fenelon Falls Burleigh Falls Portland Athens Woodville Port Hope Lakefield Tweed Enterprise Seeley’s Bay Mallorytown Nephton Maitland ADDING Harrowsmith Inverary Lindsay NORTHUMBERLAND Bobcaygeon Elgin Bridgenorth Yanker Madoc Adolpustown Delta Norwood Campellford COUNTY Glenburnie Bowmanville KAWARTHA PETERBOROUGH Marmora Verona Brockville LENNOX Stirling LAKES COUNTYCOUNTY Brighton Dunsford Havelock AND Picton Tamworth Peterborough Little Britain Omemee Hastings Thurlow Selby Newburgh Odessa Woodville Tweed Enterprise Seeley’s Bay Mallorytown Kingston Lakefield Lindsay Bridgenorth Bloomfield ADDINGT ON Harrowsmith Inverary Bethany Warkworth Frankford Napanee Grafton Norwood Colborne Campellford COUNTY Yanker Glenburnie Port Perry Bailieboro Roseneath Belleville Deseronto Wolfe Island Wellington PRINCE EDWARD Stirling Selby Newburgh Newmarket Bath CobourgOmemee Trenton Lake Ontario Little Britain Peterborough Hastings Thurlow Castleton Odessa Kingston Garden Hill NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY Wolfe Island Frankford Napanee Adolpustown Bethany Warkworth Perry Belleville Cold Springs COUNTY Brighton Picton Bailieboro Roseneath Deseronto Bath Markham Welcome Grafton Bloomfield Castleton Trenton Oshawa Colborne Ajax Port Hope Cobourg Wellington PRINCE EDWARD Garden Hill NORTHUMBERLAND Adolpustown Picton Bowmanville COUNTY Cold Springs COUNTY Brighton Pickering Bloomfield Welcome Grafton Colborne Oshawa PRINCE EDWARD Port Hope Cobourg Wellington ke Ontario Bowmanville COUNTY Toronto Lake Ontario Lake Ontario Quinte-Loyalist Zone Northumberland Zone EORN also signed its second local access In December, EORN signed a contract with contract with Xplornet Communications Inc. for Xplornet Inc. for the Northumberland Zone. the Quinte-Loyalist zone, which includes areas Xplornet has designed a solution that will of Prince Edward County and the southern provide a substantial proportion of the region half of Hastings, Frontenac and Lennox and with speeds of up to 10 Mbps. The zone Addington Counties. It is one of EORN’s most includes most of Northumberland County, populous zones. and encompasses1,300 square kilometres and about 20,000 households. T • he contract will allow nearly 80,000 homes and businesses in the 7,000 square-kilometre X • plornet will provide fixed wireless access area to connect wirelessly to high-speed from 20 towers, including nine to be Internet by fall 2012. As in the Embrun zone, newly built. Of the new structures, six a variety of packages designed to meet are in the 401 corridor. It will use four of consumer needs will be offered, including a the EORN PoPs located in Welcome, Cold 10 Mbps package for the first time. Springs, Roseneath and Colborne. T • he contract features state-of-the-art T • he contract features state-of-the-art technology to ensure customers get the technology to ensure customers get the best quality service possible with minimal best quality service possible with minimal interference. interference. • The service will be available by fall 2012. • The service will be available by fall 2012. For more information, contact: Lisa Severson Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer Eastern Ontario Regional Network Phone: 613-213-8520 Email: email@example.com www.eorn.ca
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