Eastern Ontario Regional Network: A real, rural network

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The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) emerged to meet the urgent need of major areas across Eastern Ontario for effective, faster Internet.

This project, which involved all levels of government as well as the private sector, has been headlined by the Eastern Ontario Wardens Council since it first started in 2010. This network now proudly offers high-speed Internet to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario, covering a 5,500 km span with 160 access points. This is an area equivalent in size to the province of Nova Scotia.

EORN is a monumental example of filling the gap between urban and rural access, and also closing what is commonly a jarring price difference for the same service. Through EORN, rural Ontarians are no longer facing this digital injustice. In fact, even areas that cannot be reached by wireless or wired connections are connected to the network via satellite, an option which is now more affordable than ever before.

And the need for high-speed Internet has only continued to grow since EORN began to address this problem. According to its CEO David Fell, “When we started in 2010, Netflix didn’t exist in Canada and now 40 percent of the Internet traffic is people using it for Netflix.” Currently, EORN provides service to over 300,000 people, including four out of six First Nations within the region.