RELEASE: More high-speed internet for Northumberland County

(left to right) Brighton Mayor and County Councilor Brian Ostrander; Trent Hills Mayor and Northumberland County Warden Bob Crate; MPP David Piccini; Alderville First Nation Chief Dave Mowat; Port Hope Mayor and County Councilor Bob Sanderson; Alnwick / Haldimand Councilor Jim Hogg; Northumberland County CAO Jennifer Moore; Alnwick / Haldimand Mayor and County Councilor Gail Latchford; Cobourg Mayor and County Councilor John Henderson; Northumberland County Grant Writer Jennifer Hardy-Parr; Northumberland County Director of Economic Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Dan Borowec. (Photo: Northumberland County)

Friday David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, was joined by Bob Crate, Warden of Northumberland County, as he announced $ 45,000,000 in joint federal and provincial funding toward an innovative new high-speed Northumberland by the end of 2024, in partnership with Northumberland County and private sector partners.

Providing high-speed internet services across Northumberland’s hilly landscape and dispersed population is complex. Northumberland County has developed an innovative approach designed to meet the growing needs of residents, businesses, and public services. This approach brings together significant public and private capital investment to create a utility. This private sector-led utility will design and build a local telecommunications network and then – over time – provide open access, wholesale access to this network to Internet Service Providers (ISPs). ISPs will use this network to deliver high-speed internet services to Northumberland residents and businesses. The network will be designed to deliver a minimum internet speed of 1 Gigabit per second (1 Gbps).

“In this day and age, a quick and reliable internet connection is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said MPP Piccini. “I’m thrilled that our government is investing $ 20 million, getting it done for Northumberland by delivering better and faster internet for everyone in our community.”

The funding announced today builds on an existing relationship between Ontario and Canada. Both governments announced on July 29, 2021, their partnership to support large-scale, fiber-based projects that will provide high-speed internet access to more than 280,000 rural and remote households across the province. This historic agreement was made possible by a joint federal-provincial investment totalling more than $ 1.2 billion.

“Warden Crate said” “Northumberland County is proud to present an innovative approach to expanding high-speed internet across our community by the end of 2024. We will make this initiative possible today. We look forward to working with our public and private sector partners to improve local connectivity. ”

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