High-Speed Internet: a project to connect the families of the Pontiac and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau MRCs
Article published on 1 June 2020
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Connexion Fibre Picanoc (CFP) intends to connect all households in the Pontiac and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCMs to High-Speed Internet.

The FTTH project (Fiber to the Home), which is expected to reach $ 57.5 million, plans to deploy nearly 3,000 km of fiber optic cable, to connect 6 788 residences, including 5 369 subsidized residences, distributed in more than 35 municipalities, which may include the Aboriginal community of Kitigan Zibi.

“CFP has spent two years analyzing and 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. The seriousness of our approach makes the high quality of our project”, declared Bernard Roy, president of the CFP project and director general of the MRC of Pontiac.

High-speed Internet access in the rural communities of the two MRCs plans to offer a tool called “powerful and essential to their development”, which consists of a fast internet link (at least 50 mB / s. For download and 10 mB / s. uploading). It has also been indicated that private telecommunications companies will be able to use this connection in order to complete cellular coverage everywhere in the two territories.

“In the last election, it became clear to me that the top priority to revitalize the Pontiac was communication, especially high-speed internet and cellular service,” said MRC Pontiac Warden Jane Toller. I am delighted that we have submitted such a solid business plan and request. This project will achieve our goal of improving communications and will make the Pontiac a better place to live and work. She added.

Note that Connexion Fibre Picanoc counts among its strategic partners Déry Télécom.

An application has been made to the Administered Broadband Fund by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The total subsidy desired, of $ 40M, will be assumed at 50% by the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI).

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