The Eastern Ontario Regional Network is a model partnership, bringing together different orders of government and private sector partners to spur investment and improve quality of life in our communities.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada, through Infrastructure Canada, is contributing up to $55 million from the Building Canada Fund -- Major Infrastructure Component.

Government of Ontario

The Government of Ontario is contributing up to $55 million through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs' Broadband Infrastructure Fund.

Municipal partners

The project was spearheaded by the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus, which represents 13 upper- and single-tier rural municipalities in eastern Ontario. The EOWC, joined by six of the region's ten separated cities, including Quinte West, Belleville, Kingston, Gananoque, Prescott and Cornwall, are contributing another $11.35 million to support the project.

Private sector partners

EORN selected private sector partners through a competitive bidding process to expand broadband access to as many household as possible, as efficiently as possible. The project could not have succeeded without these private sector partners stepping up to make their own investment in the project - valued at well over $57 million.

  • Bell Aliant and Bell built the project's 5,500-kilometre fibre optic backbone network. Valued at $70 million, the network was completed four months ahead of schedule.
  • Bell Aliant, Xplornet, Storm Internet and Nexicom built local networks to connect the fibre backbone to homes and residents using a variety of technologies.
  • Bell Aliant, Cogeco Cable Inc., Utilities Kingston, and Storm Internet built new fibre connections to 58 business parks and commercial areas across the region.
  • EORN negotiated with Xplornet to provide improved satellite packages for the region, including a 10 Mbps option, to ensure that even the most remote areas benefitted from the project. Xplornet expects to roll-out further improvements to its satellite services in the near future.

First Nations

Improving First Nations' access to affordable broadband was a priority, with dedicated EORN staff working with these communities to ensure that they shared in the benefits of the network.

To date, EORN has worked with the Alderville First Nations, Curve Lake First Nation and the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation to develop special projects that improve service within these communities.