July 2019
Federal Government Invests to Reduce Cell Service Gaps in Eastern Ontario

2019-07-04 2:02:39 PM

The federal government today announced it will provide the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) with $71 million to strengthen mobile broadband coverage in Eastern Ontario. This funding will be provided under the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the federal governments’ Investing in Canada Plan.

In May, Ontario’s government also committed $71 million to the project. The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), a group of 13 eastern and rural municipalities including Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, and Haliburton, has also provided $10 million to the project. This brings total investment from all three levels of government to $152 million.  

The goal of the project is to eliminate gaps in coverage for cellular and mobile services, specifically in Ontario’s rural regions.

Phase One of the project involves building 317 new telecommunications towers along with 32 additional internet access points to improve overall mobile coverage.

Phase Two will identify the capacity gaps, improve and update equipment to reduce network overloads, and improve service quality in rural communities.

Once the project is completed, mobile coverage for more than 1.1 million residents in 102 communities in eastern Ontario will be improved.  

For more information, please see below:

CBC News: Governments to tackle cell service gaps in eastern Ontario


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