MODL announces ‘last mile’ Internet coverage on its way

As part of the federal govenment's recently announced Connect to Innovate Project, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is planning to erect nine, 40-metre towers to help bring "uncapped" fixed wireless Internet to the northern areas of the municipality.

In partnership with TNC Wireless and the federal government, MODL will add towers in the communities of Newcombville, Chelsea, Elmwood, Union Square, Walden, Nineveh, North River, Parkdale and Butler Lake.

The project is expected to take three years to complete, with between two and six towers being operational by the end of 2019.

Of the $2.15 million total program cost, the municipality is contributing up to $193,000, with the federal government and TNC Wireless Ltd. providing the rest of the investment.

In release, MODL said: "The municipality recognizes that we have many challenges ahead of us with both terrain and foliage, and not everyone in the communities served by the new towers may be connected by this project. We are committed to finding solutions to improve service for our residents."

The towers are designed to be a last mile solution and will provide customers with up to a 25 Mbps download service with the ability for future expansion.

As the project progresses, TNC Wireless will post a coverage map and construction information on their website at http://www.tncwireless.ca/. You can also contact Dave Waters, Economic Development Officer, at Dave.Waters@modl.ca.

The Municipality of Chester is also expected to benefit from the funding, which Bernadette Jordan, MP for South Shore-St. Margaret's announced on September 7 on behalf of Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

The federal government announced its Connect to Innovate Project on May 4. The project will bring fibre to 64 communities and upgrade connectivity for 80 institutions.

The Government of Canada's $500-million Connect to Innovate program is investing in building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world.

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