More broadband access for Uxbridge this time next year

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Last week, in the Durham Regional Council meeting, the Pickering-Uxbridge Broadband Fibre Trunk Project was approved to proceed. This $3.3 million project will see a new fiber trunk (a fiber optic cable capable of supporting multiple users or devices) installed from Pickering through Goodwood and into Uxbridge.

Uxbridge Mayor Dave Barton says he is looking forward to this additional service being brought to Uxbridge.

“This is a huge win for us and it will be built in 2021,” says Barton.

There have been a spate of both provincial and federal funding announcements recently, for projects like ICON and IBF; however, the region pointed out that “eligibility restrictions have excluded certain geographies within Durham – areas that staff have independently determined to be a high priority.” This new project will connect some of the underserved areas which do not qualify for the larger scale government plans.

According the the region, the project will follow an approximately 35 km route running north along Brock Rd. from Taunton Rd., west along Reg. Rd. 21 to Goodwood, then north along Hwy. 47 into Uxbridge.

Tender bidding for this project is now underway with construction scheduled to begin in June, and service expected to be operational by December 2021.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos