A partnership between Bell Canada and Nortel Networks Corp. to deploy and operate a broadband wireless mesh network is expected to enable residents, small businesses and government users in the rural community of Chapleau to benefit from the Internet economy. Announced on July 14, the two companies, along with the Town of Chapleau, will study the long-term impact of advanced technology on rural and dispersed communities over the next 18 months.  The network consists of wireless mesh and optical equipment, as well as Voice over IP and multimedia communications services, which will be provided by Nortel. Brian McFadden, Nortel’s chief research officer, said during a press conference that initially the service will be providing broadband Internet access, and that VoIP services will be added at a later date.  Lawson Hunter, executive VP of Bell Canada parent company BCE Inc., explained that the goal of the project is to demonstrate the transformative power of wireless technology on rural communities. The network will be turned on in October.  Chapleau Mayor Earle Freeborn noted that the project holds great promise for the future of the community. "We are looking forward to becoming a showcase community," he said.