Region of Queens Municipality

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Liverpool, NS, June 10, 2016: In less than a year since opening its doors, the North Queens Business Centre and Innovation Hub has gained national recognition as an innovator in working to improve Canada’s online world. On June 9, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), announced grants totalling $1 million, with the North Queens Business Hub’s North Queens TVWS (Television White Space) Project selected as one of 24 chosen from across the country. It is the only application approved for funding in the Maritimes from 500 applications submitted nationally.

“This is great news, both for the North Queens Hub and rural internet users throughout North Queens. Having access to reliable internet in rural communities in Queens has been a challenge which has been looked at by many over the years,” said Christophe Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The North Queens Hub will be testing an innovative solution to a very real problem that affects many internet users here in Queens, as well as elsewhere in Canada. We are both happy and proud to have played a supporting role in achieving this CIRA funding, and look forward to supporting their efforts in researching technical solutions to the issue of rural internet. This could be a game changer for our community, providing reliable internet for rural users, and allowing rural businesses to compete on a global playing field.”

The North Queens TVWS (Television White Space) Project will be based out of the North Queens Business Hub in Caledonia. The funding will purchase hardware to trial the use of innovative TVWS wireless technology as a solution to distributing high speed internet service to communities in wooded and hilly areas. Tests will be carried out in several locations during the remainder of 2016, and the results will be presented to CIRA in December 2016. The TVWS Project stresses that it is a research project. Although it is not a permanent solution to the problems of rural internet, it is an important step along the way.

Founded in 2014, CIRA’s Community Investment Program’s mission is to fund innovative technology projects from the non-profit and research communities, contributing to building a better online Canada. Now in its third funding cycle, over $3 million has been distributed to 78 projects from coast, to coast, to coast.