Company to install high-speed Internet starting this fall
Aug. 30, 2016
North Frontenac Telephone Company will be starting work to build a fibre optic network in downtown Haliburton businesses starting this fall.
The company’s representative Grant Roughley told the Echo that crews would begin work this fall making available direct fibre connections to downtown businesses in Haliburton Village.
The fibre will be installed down the main street of Haliburton and through the industrial park, capturing most of the businesses in the village core.
This represents Phase 1 of North Frontenac’s plan to potentially extend the high-speed network to the entire village.
“At this point, there’s been a lot of feedback from the economic development corporation and private business owners about the urgency of getting access to reliable high-speed Internet and it also fits with part of the overall distribution plan,” Roughley said.
At the same time as fibre-optic wire is being installed in Haliburton, the village of Minden will be undergoing mapping and a financial viability analysis, he said.
“We are moving ahead with our mapping out of a first phase build and financial viability analysis of Minden starting with the business area similar to the approach we’re proceeding with in Haliburton,” he said.
The company’s hope, if a financial analysis is positive, is to have Minden started in its own downtown build by the end of the year. A potential third phase is to extend the network through the residential parts of both villages, which Roughley said is the long-term plan for North Frontenac.
Roughley met with staff and municipal representatives from Dysart et al on Monday to share the news.
“We’re excited about it because it looks like it’s going to happen very quickly here ... and businesses desperately need all the advantages they can get and high speed is very important,” said Reeve Murray Fearrey.
“The core area where this is being done is going to be huge for both the downtown businesses and some of the industrial parts. So, we’re excited.”
A fibre optic network sends information through light impulses over glass or plastic fibre, which can be much faster than copper wire, which DSL Internet uses.
For those sending and receiving file transfers, doing video conferencing or even conducting regular business, fibre could make things much easier and faster, he said.
“Even things like business transactions … will speed up significantly.”
Editor’s note: North Frontenac Telephone Company is 50 per cent owned by London Publishing Corporation. London Publishing Corporation shares the same ownership as White Pine Media, which in turn owns the Minden Times and Haliburton Echo.