A virtual information session was held last night (February 8) regarding the Connexion Fibre Picanoc (CFP) project in order to offer all Pontiac and the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau residents access to a high-speed Internet. During the presentation, Pierre Collins of CFP reviewed the various approaches, in particular the request for funding for the Universal Broadband Fund program from the CRTC, the deadline for which was extended to March. Soon, CFP will submit to the FLBU program a deployment project for a fiber optic cable network that will cover all poorly served households and businesses located on the territory of the MRC de La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and of the MRC Pontiac. The project that CFP wishes to set up will have a scale of more than 3,600 kilometers and will be able to connect to the Internet more than 10,000 underserved buildings.
CFP was confident of succeeding in convincing the CRTC of the need for such a project for the region.
“CFP has devoted two years to analyzes and to holding multiple consultations in the two MRCs with a single objective: to offer all currently underserved households high speed internet access according to CRTC standards. Access to High-Speed Internet in the rural communities of the two MRCs provides for a so-called “powerful and essential for their development” tool, which consists of a fast Internet link (at least 50 MB/s. for download and 10 MB/s. in upload) ”, declared Bernard Roy, president of the CFP project and general manager of the MRC Pontiac.
This project should allow communities in the Pontiac, such as Rapides-des-Joachims, to have a quality Internet network on hand.
Further details, such as cost and timeline, will be available following the CRTC decision. Currently, the two MRCs, Pontiac and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, are making requests to businesses and organizations to collect letters of support and reflect the reality of the community with regard to high-speed Internet accessibility.