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YorkNet is on an extraordinary journey to make high-speed internet a standard amenity for everyone, whether in urban areas or tranquil rural ones. Established in 2017, YorkNet has been a leader in constructing a robust dark-fibre network across York Region.
But what truly elevates this mission is its groundbreaking partnership with Community Network Partners Inc. (CNPI).
YorkNet isn’t just laying down cables; it’s laying down the groundwork for a digital revolution in York Region. Through a game-changing partnership with Community Network Partners Inc. (CNPI), YorkNet is set to bring high-speed internet throughout the underserved communities of Georgina, East Gwillimbury, King, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan. CNPI is putting $15 million on the table over four years, aiming to reach around 14,000 potential customers. This will bring best-in-class broadband services, not just in urban centers but also in rural spots that usually get left behind.
“This transformative initiative is made possible through the combined investment of CNPI and York Region, in addition to funding support provided by each of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, which together represents an aggregate contribution of more than $120 million to this important infrastructure project,” said Jon D’Alessandro, President of CNPI.
And let’s not forget the financial boost from the federal and provincial governments. YorkNet has amassed $48 million to boost internet access in 31 communities, including Brown Hill and Musselman’s Lake. This funding aims to improve internet access to more than 3,800 homes across 31 communities in Ontario, including Brown Hill, Musselman’s Lake, and Royal Beach. The investment is part of a broader $1.2-billion provincial-federal agreement to bring internet access to 280,000 more homes in the province.
Last year was a banner year for YorkNet, and here’s why. The dark-fibre network didn’t just grow but soared to an impressive 503 kilometers across York Region. This wasn’t just a numbers game. The expansion means high-speed internet could reach more homes and businesses.
The total network connections rose to 823, enhancing essential services like police, fire, and paramedics. Imagine a York Region where traffic control and public transit run smoother. Thanks to YorkNet, that’s not just imagination; it’s reality.
YorkNet also secured nearly $50 million in joint investment from federal and provincial governments through the Universal Broadband Fund. This funding was a significant step toward YorkNet’s Expansion Project, making the dream of increased regional connectivity a tangible goal.
“Since YorkNet began operations in 2018, it has expanded broadband services to 345 Regional and municipal facilities in the communities of Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, King, Stouffville, Georgina, Aurora, East Gwillimbury, and Newmarket. Additionally, YorkNet has interconnected the Vaughan Cortellucci Hospital in Vaughan and Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, both managed by Mackenzie Health with their own fibre connectivity. YorkNet also connects Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket to the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical (ORION) Network,” according to Canada Community-Building Fund.
In the YorkNet and CNPI project, Galaxy Fibre has been selected as the Internet Service Provider (ISP). Residents recently had the opportunity to hear about the project plans from YorkNet staff and also speak with Galaxy Fibre. This interaction underscores the ISP’s pivotal role in the initiative. What’s impressive is Galaxy Fibre’s capability to deliver internet speeds of up to 2000 Mbps for both upload and download. This aligns well with the project’s goal to provide high-speed internet across York Region.
Community Network Partners Inc. emerged from a drive to level the technological playing field for rural and remote Canadians.
CNPI aims to enhance broadband access through strategic partnerships, engage local communities in infrastructure ownership, and offer technical and financial support. This collaboration aspires to improve connectivity and stimulate economic growth. It also bolsters access to vital services in health, education, and other vital sectors across York Region.
For those interested in diving deeper, check out Community Network Partners’s website and YorkNet’s project official page for the latest updates and annual reports.
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