Part of our mandate is to work on infrastructure enhancement to assist the communities and businesses in our catchment in leveraging technology to become more competitive in a growing digital market.
Bridging the digital divide and improving the physical telecommunications infrastructure in our region will promote the economic, cultural, and social development of Northeastern Ontario.
To accomplish some of these goals NEOnet hosted a state of broadband conference in January 2015 to lay out key objectives for improving broadband in Northeastern Ontario. Municipalities, NEOnet stakeholders and funders like NOHFC and FedNor attended the conference.
As a result of the conference NEOnet launched The Broadband project, which focuses on improving broadband Internet services to the following areas:
- Cochrane to Hearst
- Foleyet to Temagami
- Kirkland Lake to Matachewan
- Moosonee, Moose Factory
- Timmins to Black River – Matheson
Ideally, broadband would be available at a download rate of 10Mbps and scalable to 25Mbps by 2020.
NEOnet issued five Requests for Proposals (the catchment was divided into five areas) and received several responses. The steering committee has selected a partner and is working on application submissions to the federal and provincial funders.
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