Rural Muskoka is getting the Fastest Internet Anywhere
On July 14, 2015 there was a press conference at our office in Bracebridge to announce our rural expansion plans. We have partnered with the Federal & Provincial Governments (via a $10 Billion infrastructure initiative called the Small Communities Fund) to build a high-speed fibre optic network between the towns of Bracebridge and Huntsville. In 2011, the Canadian Federal Government set an expectation for all Canadians to have minimum internet speeds of 5Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. Many of the areas we are expanding into have never seen these minimum speeds. We believe this initiative will have an immediate impact for residents in these communities.
Business owners will now be able to compete with companies in larger urban areas. They will be able to invest in newer, connected technologies to increase their profits and create new jobs. Elementary and high school children will now be able to collaborate with their teachers and classmates on assignments and won’t be dependent on the free WiFi at establishments (you’re welcome Tim Horton’s). Parents and grandparents can Skype with their family members across Canada and the world. These families will also be able to subscribe to services like Netflix and Spotify.
We are honoured to partner with the Federal and Provincial Government’s on this project and we are excited about the opportunity it will present to local business owners and residents. This is just a starting point, and we hope to continue to expand our network and positively impact even more businesses and residents in our community.