New and faster internet for parts of Haliburton County
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | November 30, 2017|
A County of Haliburton internet project is almost done and under budget, the county’s IT director, Mike March told County Council Nov. 22.
In a report, he also indicated it’s not only good news for the 20 or so municipal sites that now have new, or better, internet service, but some neighbouring businesses and possibly houses in future.
In conjunction with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), he said a 10-year deal with Bell got the county significantly reduced costs for fibre and DSL.
“For the majority of sites there were no capital costs to implement fibre optics internet. For five of the 20 locations, there was a capital build cost to be paid by the county, estimated to be $357,000.” He said it was to be partially funded by $231,257 in reserves, and the rest in the 2017 budget. IT required another $15,000 in costs, he said.
But, the final price have come in at $186,838, a 48 per cent savings. He asked for the remaining $170,262 to remain in the reserve for future broadband projects.
March noted that some additional work has been done, too, as fibre upgrades were necessary to resolve connection issues at many of the locations, such as the Algonquin Highlands and Highlands East administration offices. Some new sites were added or will be added, as well, such as Stanhope Airport and the new Harcourt Community Centre.
March said it’s also good news for the public since it means an expanded public Wi-Fi network at several libraries to meet the summer demand.
He said, “County Council approved fibre builds at certain locations with the hope that the expanded fibre infrastructure may be utilized in the future to increase service for businesses and our ratepayers.”
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.