ACW FTTN ULTRA BROADBAND INITIATIVE
ACW WIRELESS ULTRA BROADBAND INITIATIVE.
January 23, 2017
HuronTel is pleased to announce that it has been approved for Federal and Provincial Funding under the Small Communities Fund in the amount of $367,500.00 for a two part Rural Broadband Initiative. The funding represents 50% of the total eligible cost of construction.
The Initiative consists of the ACW FTTN ULTRA BROADBAND INITIATIVE and the ACW WIRELESS ULTRA BROADBAND INITIATIVE.
The ACW FTTN ULTRA BROADBAND INITIATIVE is designed to service an area of 450 underserved homes along the Lake Huron Shoreline between Amberley and Port Albert, Ontario. HuronTel intends to lever its existing 10Gbps fibre core by adding approximately 14 kilometres of access fibre between the core and 11 new Fibre Nodes that are closer to the affected residents. Loop lengths will be reduced to between .8km and 3 km allowing speeds that will meet and/or exceed the funding guidelines.
The ACW WIRELESS ULTRA BROADBAND INITIATIVE is designed to service 150 homes in an area of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh in Ontario, defined as underserved. HuronTel intends to add approximately 12 kilometres of access fibre between its core network and a new 200â€™ tower that will replace an existing 100â€™ tower at Zion Road and installing fixed wireless radio with 20 Mbps maximum subscriber download capacity. Homes in Whitechurch will be served with Fibre to the Home as part of this construction.
An additional 600 Agri-business, small business and residential co-op members in Huron County will get last-mile access to the extensive high speed backbone that HuronTel has constructed. The last mile is the final, most important and most costly challenge for rural constituents. Federal/Provincial Initiatives such as the Small Communities Fund provide valuable assistance to those service providers dedicated to extending last mile service to places where the economics are marginal.
Construction is expected to commence in April of 2017.