January 25, 2021
“The Eastern Ontario Regional Network is proposing the EORN Gig Project to deliver ultra-fast internet to homes and businesses in the region. This would be a game-changer for eastern Ontario to attract and retain businesses and residents, and to compete globally over the long term”
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Eastern Ontario Regional Network – EORN Gig Project
EORN Gig Project
The Eastern Ontario Regional Network is proposing the EORN Gig Project to deliver ultra-fast internet to homes
and businesses in the region. This would be a game-changer for eastern Ontario to attract and retain businesses
and residents, and to compete globally over the long term.
Understanding a “Gig”
• “Gig” refers to an internet speed of 1,000 Mbps or 1 Gbps (gigabit per second). It provides seamless, reliable
connectivity needed for business, healthcare, education and other services.
• Gig speed is also needed for smart technologies that depend on reliable, continuous high-speed connectivity
for real-time data sharing.
• Delivering Gig service generally involves a fibre optic or cable connection to the home or business.
• The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crisis in rural internet access and capacity. It has impacted
businesses, student learning, healthcare and government services.
• Fixing the issue now with a comprehensive Gig solution will ensure that rural communities have the
connectivity needed to recover from the pandemic and compete globally over the long term.
• The Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared 50 Mbps download and
10 Mbps upload internet speeds as a minimum basic service. It set a goal of ensuring 90 per cent of all
Canadians have this access by December 2021.
• Currently about 63 per cent of homes and businesses in eastern Ontario have access to 50/10 Mbps level of
service. This includes rural and single-tier municipalities, but not Ottawa.
• EORN estimates delivering 50/10 Mbps service to 95 per cent of homes and businesses in the region will
cost $500 million to $700 million. Providing a long-term solution with services of 1 Gbps would cost about
$1.2 billion to $1.6 billion. The project would be financed through a public-private partnership.
• EORN has done the detailed engineering and research to undertake the Gig project and can move quickly. As
soon as funding is approved, EORN could get a proposal process in place.
• EORN helped build a fibre optic backbone and other infrastructure across the region with capacity to handle
growing demand for speed and capacity. There is also the potential to leverage infrastructure that will be
built for EORN’s Cell Gap Project that is already underway.
• EORN’s public-private model is proven. The first phase of the project, completed in 2014, improved access
to speeds of up to 10 Mbps to 90 per cent of homes and businesses. As a result of the project, 423,000
homes and businesses are now able to access this level of service. It also spurred more than $100 million in
additional telecomm investment in the region, over and above their initial commitments.