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News | 04/27/2000 4:00 am EDT

Regional Cable brings Gigabit speeds to schools
Regional Cablesystems Inc announced April 24 that it has built a Gigabit wide area networks for two Sudbury-area schools boards and their seven high schools. The network will support high-speed Internet, on-demand learning systems, and broadcast quality video conferencing. The network represents an increase of at least 125 times over the school's current level of connectivity.
Commenting on the announcement, Bill St. Arnaud, senior director network projects for CANARIE Inc, said the project proves that delivering Gigabit Internet to schools "is neither complex nor expensive".
In related news, Regional is part of a O.N. Tel-led consortium that last month scored a major contract with the Ontario government to bring high-speed connections to 40 communities in Northern Ontario.
Funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp (NOHFC), the NetCentral Community Based Network project will provide Regional with $1.25 million in project funding grants, as well as $11.6 million in additional contract revenues over the next three years. It's one of five such projects being funded by the provincial agency in Northern Ontario. Regional has committed $8.4 million to the project, which includes the construction of 450 km of fibre optics, and upgrades to its cable plant. The project is one of four such NOHFC-funded initiatives the consortium is bidding on.

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