February 7, 2020; Liverpool, NS: Reliable fibre internet service will soon be available for approximately 1,251 premises in Queens County. On Friday, February 7, 2020, Develop Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia announced that Bell Canada’s “Fibre to the Home Footprint Expansion” project in the Region of Queens Municipality was approved for funding through the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative.
“This is an exciting announcement, and we are pleased that this project has been approved. Reliable high speed internet service is an essential service for residents and businesses. This approval is significant, the culmination of several years of collaboration with Develop Nova Scotia, internet providers, and Region of Queens Municipality to bring fibre internet to communities in Queens which have been previously underserviced by broadband,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.
The Bell Canada Project will extend “Fibre to the Home” service of approximately 817 premises in the Central Queens area and to approximately 434 premises in North Queens. Region of Queens Municipality will contribute $435,500 to the project. Bell Canada has secured $487,000 from the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust through Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, with Bell Canada funding the balance of the $1,908,442 project. In 2019, Region of Queens Municipality also contributed $64,500 towards installing fibre backbone along Highway 210 and Highway 8 in North Queens. This investment by Region of Queens Municipality is making today’s announcement possible. It is anticipated that Bell Canada will commence initial work on this project within 30 days.
“This announcement is significant. Materials will soon be ordered and tree trimming undertaken, which will lead to residents being able to access internet speeds of up to 940 Mbps,” said Dagley.
Connecting premises in Central and North Queens is phase one of the project. Future phases are being pursued in an effort to connect other areas of Queens County that have been identified as having limited access or substandard internet service.