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NEOnet – General Information

NEOnet Inc is a regional, non-profit organization, which was established in 1999 with a mandate to facilitate telecommunication service and infrastructure development in northeastern Ontario.

The Establishment of Community Based Networks

In 1998, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) announced a $16 million grant to establish five Community Based Networks (CBN’s) in Northern Ontario. These included:

Since then, through different programs, technology development organizations such as BlueSky Networks (North Bay) and Muskoka Community Network (Muskoka/Huntsville) have been established.

All of these organizations have a mandate to bring improved telecommunications infrastructure to residents of Northern Ontario, by stimulating additional infrastructure investment in the public and private sector, encouraging competition among carriers and service providers, and by increasing the level of technology adoption and application among businesses, organizations and individuals.