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Work on expanded fibre internet begins

Rogers Communications and its contractor, Ledco, is set to begin work June 5 to expand the broadband network across Prince Edward County.

This project involves expanding fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to approximately 7,000 properties in the County. Rogers will install more than 1,000 kilometres of new fibre infrastructure by the end of 2024. The public can follow the construction progress on a map posted on the County website. Click here 

The majority of the wireline will be installed underground through the use of trenchless technologies wherever possible to limit open crossings of roadways. Most of the wireline will be installed near the edge of the existing roadways through the use of plowing. This technique leads to faster installation and less impact on drainage, trees and vegetation.

The municipality reports hard surface driveways will be crossed using directional drilling. Drilling under paved roads and driveways is a minimally invasive technique that does not usually impact the road or driveway surface. Should the work cause any damage to mailboxes, civic address signs, and other signage, they will be replaced by the contractor immediately.

This work is expected to have minimum impact on County roadways. Significant traffic disruptions will be communicated through the County’s news and notices service as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Rogers will post signs along roadways and knock on doors in areas where work is taking place in order to inform residents about accessing the new broadband service.

This work is part of the Government of Ontario’s Accelerated High-Speed Internet Program (AHSIP). The goal is to connect every region in Ontario to reliable, high-speed internet by the end of 2025. Click here to learn more about the program.

“Because reliable, high-speed internet is vital for County residents and businesses, we are pleased to see this project move forward,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “Expanded, upgraded and reliable connectivity will be a gamechanger for the competitiveness of County-based businesses and services, and open up new possibilities for people who currently or want to call Prince Edward County home.”

 

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  1. David Thomas says:

    @Gary Mooney, We live way down in the south part of the county where getting a Bell cellular signal has always been an issue. I had Xplornet installed a few years ago though, and my internet service is fabulous – Spotify, Netflix and so on work no problem. Yes, it’s expensive, but only slightly more than you’d pay for a typical wired connection. We don’t have a phone land line so there’s some savings from that.

  2. CountyProud says:

    What strikes me every time this topic comes up is the lack of the word “affordable”. Make it available, make it fast, however also make it affordable please.

  3. Gary Mooney says:

    The fibre will mostly benefit those already having cable access to the Internet. What about the rural residents who are stuck with low download speeds?

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