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2003 to offer connectivity across Ontario over one • Continued profitability.
• Connected Carnegie Hall Laurier University in network. • Additional 20 kms of cable installed.
Brantford to Laurier University IT Services • Installed 10 gigabit carrier switch at 84 Market
Street. NetOptiks can now offer the fastest Winter
• Connected Laurier University data and voice connections in the City of Brantford and • Record growth year.
• Serviced all 35 locations of the Brant A Newsletter for the people of Brantford Power and Brantford Hydro 2006
services for the Odeon building. surrounding area.
• Connected Mohawk College to main campus in • Continues to maintain profitability Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School
Hamilton. • Additional 15 kms of cable installed. Board. This network is the first of its kind to
• Serviced Wescast Industries network across utilize a Fibre-Coax Hybrid solution in a
wholesale partnership arrangement with
Ontario with the assistance of Hydro One
• NetOptiks becoming Brantford’s public sector Rogers Communications. NetOptiks/Rogers partnership provides
• Reached profitability threshold. network of choice. • Serviced all locations for the Children’s Aid
• Additional 15 kms of cable installed. • Nippising University connected plus two other Society of Brantford and Brant for voice and data. innovative network for Catholic schools
locations for Laurier University. • Signed a wholesale partnership agreement to
2004 • Initial fibre builds start connecting all water aid Brant County Power Services Inc. in the
• NetOptiks brand created, with fibre coverage treatment and reservoirs for the City of Brantford. delivery of high-speed fibre optic network An innovative partnership between NetOptiks, a division of Brantford Hydro The customized network combines the facilities of NetOptiks’ fibre network
to all key business areas and industrial parks • New CEO and strategic plan solidify growth services to the County of Brant. Inc., and Rogers Communications Inc. has designed and built a complete and the coaxial and ADSL facilities of Rogers to provide high speed Internet
in Brantford. opportunities for the company. Wholesale • Customer connections year-to-date more than datacommunications network for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic access and other IT applications, including VOIP capability, to all the schools.
• Multiple Carrier Connections allow NetOptiks business model starts to gain momentum. doubled. District School Board.
The hybrid network uses what’s known as Multiprotocol Label Switching, a
“This network means that we can provide high speed internet access in standardized protocol and comprehensive unifying networking architecture
every school, including the small Catholic elementary schools in rural that gives network operators a great deal of flexibility to route traffic and
A bright idea for the holidays areas, which might not otherwise have the technology available to them,”
said Theresa Harris, Director of Education at the Catholic school board.
manage different kinds of data streams through a single access provider.
The network allows the NetOptiks fibre optic Metro Area Network to interact
“We have recently upgraded all of our school computers and students seamlessly with the Rogers MPLS network to deliver end-to-end service to
and staff are using a number of web-based computer tools. The high speed all the schools. The network is a platform of possibilities, such as layered
connection keeps up with those technologies,” she said. voice and video on top of data over a single network.
Brantford Power and Brantford General Hospital
Foundation joined forces for the 2006 Tree of Harris credits the partnership for the innovative technology solution. “The school board had a real issue that could not be solved within its
Lights Appeal by working together to light up the “The cost of installing new fibre optic network to all of our sites is beyond budget. They needed a completely ubiquitous network that tied together
majestic tree outside of the main hospital entrance our board’s ability. We’re pleased to be able to provide the best possible 35 locations on one bill, one network and one point of contact,” said
with new LED Festive Lights. From left to right, technology resources to all of our students at a very reasonable cost.” James Nagle, NetOptiks’ Director of Business Development.
Gil Scott, Brantford General Foundation, John
Glowala, BGH Maintenance, Andy Molenaar, Vice “From the research that
Chair of Brantford Power, Dave Levac, MPP, and we’ve done, the fibre-coaxial
George Mychailenko, CEO of Brantford Power, hybrid solution that we
hold boxes of the new lights. Brantford Power created with our partnership
recently donated 70 sets of the energy efficient is the first of its kind in
lights to the campaign. Each new string lasts 20 Canada,” he said.
years, is virtually indestructible and uses only 2.5
watts compared to 125 watts for the older lights. “The network will also
The campaign this year is raising $200,000 for a new allow us to connect customer
2-D Echo Ultrasound machine for the hospital. locations beyond our traditional
boundaries and even be able to
reach global locations such as
China, in one customer’s case.”
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THE ENERGY BEHIND BRANTFORD THE ENERGY BEHIND BRANTFORD
Energy Group of Companies wired for success
Corporate Structure Brantford’s Energy Group of Companies have recorded significant Brantford Power milestones
achievements as they near the end of their sixth year of service to
the community. “Since the electricity industry was restructured, 2001 2005
Brantford Power has continued to maintain safe • Renovations and moving administrative • Mayfair I project increased efficiency and
The companies trace their origins to November 1998 when the reliable distribution services within the City while offices at 84 Market Street. upgraded supply to approximately 360 customers.
Council of the Corporation Energy Competition Act laid the foundation for a major restructuring making significant gains as it continued to meet • Purchase of five Hydro One feeders, eliminating
of Ontario’s electricity industry, including the commercialization of • Market opening preparations.
of the City of Brantford the demands of a growing community. last remaining Hydro One infrastructure within
municipal utilities such as the Brantford Public Utilities Commission. 2002 the City.
In addition to meeting our operational and safety • Market opening preparations. • Assumed responsibility and upgraded three
In July 1999, the City of Brantford made the decision to retain targets, our achievements have included the wholesale meters at Brant TS.
ownership of the hydro distribution business and undertook the construction and financing of the Powerline • Agreement with Share the Warmth to provide
• Constructed Powerline Municipal Transformer
necessary steps to create commercial corporations to provide Municipal Transformer Station, in partnership energy assistance to low-income families in need.
Station and feeders in partnership with Brant
electricity distribution and retail services. The assets were with Brant County Power, an improved cash
2003 County Power.
subsequently transferred to the companies on November 1, 2000. position and successful responses to a changing
• Bill 210 opens the electricity market. • Major customers connected: Ferraro, P&G.
regulatory environment. • Constructed Brantford Power display at Brant
The decision was made to create a holding company and two • Year of the Grow House – ‘joint’ program
operating companies, to be governed by Boards composed of Council with Crimestoppers. Children’s Safety Village.
We have also taken a leading position in helping
The holding company that takes representatives and the private sector. The Corporation of the City of the Ontario Government establish a conservation
Brantford is the sole shareholder of the Energy Group of Companies. 2004 2006
a lead role in interpreting financial culture in the province. As part of our Conservation
• First Conservation and Demand Management • Mayfair II voltage conversion/refurbishment
policy, liaising with the shareholder and Demand Management Plan, we introduced
Plan in Ontario submitted to OEB calling for upgraded supply to approximately 550
(the City of Brantford) Conserving Homes, the first low income energy
conservation budget of $1.34m, including customers.
and overseeing activities of program of its kind in Ontario designed to assist
approximately $1m in “conservation assets” • 2006 distribution rate rebasing; the first
the operating companies. low income customers reduce their energy bills.”
Brantford Energy milestones and Conserving Homes, the award-winning cost-of-service rebasing since 1999 with
Dave Matthews, program for low income households provisions to recover 1999 loss position.
“The City of Brantford has enjoyed significant Chair, Brantford Power • Capital stock upgrades, including truck purchases.
expansion and economic growth in recent
years. Brantford Energy and its subsidiary
companies are proud to be partners in this
progress. Brantford Hydro milestones
We are truly committed to working for the “Brantford Hydro, the retail arm of the Brantford 1997 2001
people of Brantford, our ultimate owners. Energy Group of Companies, continues to remain • 3 kms of dark fibre installed from City Hall to • Director of Business Development hired to
The “wires” company that, The retail company with three All our operations are geared toward making profitable while providing value services to the PUC Building and Holstein Building. promote fibre optic asset.
within a regulated environment, principal lines of service, Brantford a better community. Brantford community. • Year-end revenue doubled from 2000. Added
distributes electricity throughout telecommunications (NetOptiks), 1998
40 kms of fibre cable and completed two
the City, maintains the system water heater rentals and The four areas on which we focus are: While we are maintaining our hot water heater • Brantford Hydro Commission RFP to design optical “ring” builds over Highway 403 to
and ensures safe, reliable and sentinel light rentals. and sentinel light business, our most important and build a fibre optic data network. provide network redundancy.
• Ensuring safety and compliance with all
cost effective service. achievement was the launch of NetOptiks as the
established standards; 1999
name and visual identity for the fibre optics 2002
• Brantford Hydro Commission Fibre Optic Data • 21 City of Brantford buildings wired to the
• Reliability in terms of service to customers division, BHI’s core business. The branding has
Network goes live. First customers: fibre network. Additional Grand Erie District
and fiscal responsibility; provided a visible, consistent and unique identity
• Grand Erie District School Board
for the telecommunications company’s products School Board locations and the first Catholic
• Brantford General Hospital
• Cost containment, both within our business and services. School Board location.
• Brant Freenet
and for our customers; • Supplied critical connection to Maidstone
We are also in the planning stages in respect of 2000
• Providing a platform for community growth.” a landfill methane gas project currently being • Creation of Brantford Hydro Inc., which
• Additional 35 kms of fibre cable installed.
CITY OF BRANTFORD evaluated for viability. A decision on whether to becomes one of the key founders of the
Jim Ryan, Chair, Ontario Utility Telecom or “Utelco” market. continued on back page
SERVICE PROVIDERS: proceed will likely be taken early in 2007.”
Brantford Energy Corp.
Operations, engineering, customer care
and general administrative services. Gerry Smits, Chair, Brantford Hydro
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