Cable systems purchase next step to fibre optic network
July 19, 2016
With the purchase of the cable TV systems in Haliburton and Minden, North Frontenac Telephone Company says it’s another step closer to establishing a fibre optic network in Haliburton and Minden.
Earlier this year, NFTC’s representative Grant Roughley made delegations to both councils discussing plans to investigate the feasibility of providing ultra high-speed Internet to the area.
Since that time, NFTC has moved into the design phase, which will allow for a cost analysis of bringing fibre optic networks to the villages. This analysis is required in order to decide whether to proceed.
Roughley said the company’s purchase of Eastlink’s cable TV systems on July 8 is a sign of commitment to the area, as it offers a potential footprint for a fibre optic system.
“It is our hope that these systems will contribute to the feasibility of constructing new fibre optic networks in these towns,” he said.
Fibre optic cable allows for ultra high-speed Internet, digital cable TV (including HD channels) and phone services.
“Some time will be required for the project team to evaluate the distribution network of the newly acquired cable systems to determine how it can be incorporated into the fibre optic network design,” said Roughley.
Notices on the change of ownership and new contact information will be sent and NFTC wants to ensure the transition goes smoothly for existing customers. Those with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-638-3575.
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.