High-Speed Internet Coming To Norfolk County

NEWS

June 19, 2009

Ontario is helping Norfolk County bring high-speed Internet to residents and businesses.

The county is one of 14 Ontario municipalities moving forward with plans to build local broadband infrastructure in partnership with the provincial government. The province is providing Norfolk County with $1 million for this project, through the Rural Connections Broadband Program.

The county plans to partner with an Internet Service Provider to build the infrastructure and contribute to the project.

The province's Rural Connections Broadband Program helps rural municipalities build high-speed Internet projects in their communities. The program's goal is to bring broadband access to rural and remote areas currently underserved in southern Ontario.

QUOTES

"Since 2007, we have been filling in the broadband gaps in rural Ontario and turning miles into milliseconds. I am delighted that Norfolk County is part of this strategic move. Broadband Internet connects rural families and businesses with opportunities in commerce, health, education and community enrichment."
- Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

"This much-anticipated announcement promises to improve rural high-speed Internet and provide enhanced community access to services while further supporting innovation in Norfolk's diversifying economy."
- Mayor Dennis Travale.

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Today's announcement of 14 new, rural broadband projects brings the total to 47 in less than two years.
  • Broadband connectivity delivers more Internet information at speeds far greater than dial-up service.
  • In the fall of 2007, 18 projects marked the first wave of broadband infrastructure projects undertaken jointly by rural municipalities and the province. In November 2008, 15 new projects were launched.

 

LEARN MORE

About the Rural Connections Broadband Program.


For more information, contact:

Sherry Persaud, Minister's Office, 416-326-6439
Brent Ross, Communications Branch, 416-326-9342

For information about the Norfolk County project:
Clark Hoskin, Manager of Tourism & Economic Development
Norfolk County, 519-426-5870 extension 1238


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
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