Shelter Valley Road-area residents target for Internet improvement project

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Residents living in the Shelter Valley Road area should soon have better internet access as a result of a new initiative.

​Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next-Generation Networks (CENGN) recently announced the launch of a project that will bring high-performance broadband access to the Shelter Valley Road region of Alnwick/Haldimand Township in Northumberland County.. The project is part of CENGN’s rural Ontario residential broadband program and will serve as a model for extending high-performance internet access services into areas with narrow, deep and heavily-treed valleys for other communities across the province.

​Internet service provider Algonquin Fiber, supported by CENGN program funding, will install more than 16 kilometres of fibre to connect 150 homes with enhanced internet access. Using micro-duct technology will allow Algonquin Fiber to provide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services to residents very cost-effectively.

​“High-speed internet connectivity is essential to local economic recovery from COVID-19 and to building equitable and vibrant rural communities,” said Gail Latchford, mayor of Alnwick/Haldimand.

​“The Township of Alnwick/Haldimand welcomes this project as an immediate investment in broadband access for people in the Shelter Valley Road area and as an opportunity to explore innovative new solutions for high-speed connectivity for unserved and underserved communities.”

The FTTH service will provide 100 Mbps down/100 Mbps up internet access to residents along Shelter Valley Road, Vernonville Road and east along Dudley Road to Purdy Corners.

​The project promises several benefits, including:

​-Small fibre count to reduce capital costs for rural applications

-Lower installation cost through the use of small ducts which support blowing fibre instead of pulling the fibre

-Future-proof high-capacity internet access services.

-Symmetrical 50/50 and 100/100 Mbps services for residents

-Fast network deployment timeframe, with service rollout starting in the summer of 2021 and full service beginning in the fall of 2021.

​“CENGN is pleased to work with Algonquin Fiber to bring reliable, high-speed broadband internet access to the underserved Township of Alnwick/Haldimand,” said Jean-Charles Fahmy, CENGN president and CEO.

​“This project shows that rural fibre solutions can provide cost-effective solutions in valley areas where other technology solutions can be severely challenged. By supporting and documenting Algonquin Fiber’s implementation of broadband internet services in the Shelter Valley Road area, we will gain a strong blueprint to help address the business and technological challenges of similar valley communities in rural Ontario and across the province.”

​This project is part of the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP), an Ontario government program powered by CENGN in partnership with the Ontario Centre of Innovation, which helps Ontario companies develop and demonstrate new wired and wireless technology, products and services.

​Ontario has committed $63.3 million over five years to the NGNP.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News