Fibe Internet Ready to Connect in Parts of Central Queens
Phase One areas in Central Queens ready for Fibe connection through Bell Canada are outlined on this map , excluding areas in grey, which are awaiting final permits. Once permits are received, those areas will be ready to connect to homes.
September 3, 2020; Greenfield, NS: Reliable high speed fibre internet service is now a reality for more than 862 new properties in Central Queens starting immediately. Over the spring and summer, Bell Canada crews and their contractors have worked to install internet cables on poles in areas of North and Central Queens County that have had no internet or substandard internet speeds. Bell Aliant is now ready to connect the service to homes. The first phase of Bell Canada’s “Fibre to the Home Footprint Expansion” was approved in February 2020 with funding through the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, a program of Develop Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia. Region of Queens Municipality has contributed $435,500 for this first phase which will now provide internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps in parts of Labelle and Buckfield. Today, 862 premises in Central Queens can connect to Bell’s high speed Internet service, with another 74 premises expected to be available for connection once provincial permits to run cables across waterways are approved.
“Today is the day we have been waiting to see for a long time. As of today, 1,273 new premises in North and Central Queens now have access to high speed internet with another 74 premises expected in the coming weeks for a total of 1,347 premises, which is more than originally planned for in Phase 1. These 1,347 homes and businesses can contact Bell Aliant immediately to be connected to reliable high speed internet service. Getting to this point has been a long journey, and Council of Region of Queens Municipality is grateful to have collaborated with Develop Nova Scotia, Province of Nova Scotia, and Bell Canada to bring fibre internet to our underserviced residents in North and Central Queens.” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.
The Bell Canada Project will extend Fibre to the Home service to approximately 1,350 premises in this first phase with 411 in North Queens and 936 in Central Queens. In addition to the contribution of $435,500 by Region of Queens Municipality, Develop Nova Scotia contributed $487,000 through the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust for Nova Scotia Initiative, and Bell Canada funded the balance of the $1.9 million project. In 2019, Region of Queens Municipality also contributed $64,500 towards installing fibre backbone along Highway 210 in Central Queens and Highway 8 in North Queens to make today’s announcement possible. Without that initial investment last year by the Municipality, none of today’s announcement would be possible.
Residents in the Phase 1 communities interested in being connected to fibre internet service may contact Bell Aliant at 1-844-305-4228, visit the Bell Aliant store at MacPhersons at 37 Bristol Ave in Liverpool (or call them at 902-354-5054), visit the Bell Aliant store in the Bridgewater Mall, or visit www.bellaliant.ca, to learn more about the service and to schedule an appointment for installation and connection.
* map added September 17, 2020 at 11:12 a.m.
* media release updated - Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 at 2:50 p.m.