Internet Update

Improving rural Internet service is a municipal priority and having a strong Internet network will help us build places where businesses and people prosper. 

For the past 2 years, The Municipality has been working with the Western Regional Enterprise Network (WREN), other municipalities of the Tri-Counties and various Internet Service Providers (ISP) operating in Nova Scotia to identify the most underserved communities, and solutions that can evolve with changing technologies.

Due to this work and some financial investments, we are excited to see new homes and businesses in our Municipality that will soon have an improved intenrnet service. Although this is welcomed news, the Municipality recognizes that its work is not yet over. There is ongoing work to improve Internet infrastructure in other parts of the Municipality that remain underserved. For that reason, the Municipality is committed to improving Internet in those areas and will continue to work with its partners to actively pursue other funding opportunities.

Please check back often for more updates.

Announcements

Charlesville to Doctors Cove Project

Municipal Investment: $200,000

Anticipated Completion: June 2021

On February 7, 2020, the first round of Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative projects were announced. We were happy to see that a project between Charlesville and Doctor's Cove was announced as part of this first round.

The project will extend Fibe (Fibre to the Home) services to the Woods Harbour Exchange to approximately 995 premises within the municipality. The household premise numbers indicated are approximated based upon available information but may differ once detailed engineering is completed.

Here are two maps of the services areas:

Here are two press releases relating ot the announcement:

On November 30, 2020 all five Fibre Serving Areas in the project were completed and opened for customer sales. Here is the list of serviceable civic address:

To further check availability, learn more or order the service, call 902-637-2300 ext. 242 or visit https://aliant.bell.ca/Bell-bundles.

If your civic address is listed but you encounter problems ordering the service or have questions about this project, please email Chris Frotten at  or call 902-903-0480.

 

Barrington East and Port La Tour Project

Municipal Investment: $243,925

Anticipated Completion:

  • Barrington East: June-August 2021*
  • Port La Tour: May-July 2021*

*Estimated completion dates are based on best information available at this time and are subject to change.

On September 1, 2020, the second round of Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative projects were announced. We were happy to see that projects in the eastern part of the Municipality (Clyde River, Goose Lake, Port Clyde) and Part La Tour area (Port La Tour, Smithville, West Baccaro, East Baccaro, Baccaro, Blanche, Cape Negro, Upper Port La Tour, Reynoldscroft, Thomasville) were announced as part of this second round.

The project will extend Fibe (Fibre to the Home) services to approximately 850 premises within those areas. The household premise numbers indicated are approximated based upon available information but may differ once detailed engineering is completed.

Here is a map of two of the three the service areas:

Other coverage map(s) are currently in development.

Here are two press releases relating ot the announcement:

On May 14, 2021 the first Fibre Serving Areas in the project was completed and opened for customer sales. Here is the list of serviceable civic address:

To further check availability, learn more or order the service, call 902-637-2300 ext. 242 or visit https://aliant.bell.ca/Bell-bundles.

If your civic address is listed but you encounter problems ordering the service or have questions about this project, please email Chris Frotten at  or call 902-903-0480.

 

Barrington Passage and Brass Hill Project

Municipal Investment: $0

Anticipated Completion: December 2021

On September 28, 2021, Bell announced that it will be expanding all-fibre broadband access to approximately 900 locations in the communities of Barrington Passage and Brass Hill by the end of 2021.

For more information on the announcement click here: https://bce.ca/news-and-media/releases/show/Bell-expanding-pure-fibre-Internet-access-in-the-Municipality-of-Barrington?page=1&month=&year=&perpage=25.

 

For more information on Develop Nova Scotia's Internet For Nova Scotia Intiative, visit https://internet.developns.ca/zones/shelburne-barrington/

 

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$443,925 in project funding was allocated from the Gas Tax Fund.