setup. More people are working from home, students are doing their school work from home, and businesses are doing more online sales and service orders. “By the time we’ve upgraded to 50/10, we’ll be 20 years behind everyone else,” he said. “So, we’re saying, let’s go with one gigabyte (download/upload speed) with fibre connection. That is awfully fast.” One gigabyte equals 1000 megabytes. That means almost instant downloading and uploading of information for residents and businesses with a fibre-optic connection. A preliminary estimate of the cost for The Gig Project is between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion, with the majority of the project financing shared by the federal and provincial governments and the private sector. The same public-private partnership financed the first phase of the EORN Broadband project which upgraded Eastern Ontario’s then-existing Internet service. UCPR council agreed during its June 24 session to provide a letter of support for The Gig Project. Now EORN is working out the details of its proposal to present to both senior levels of government and its existing private sector partners in the original Broadband project.

The next stage of Eastern Ontario’s broadband project is to provide the fastest Internet service possible so local businesses can keep up with the global market. “If we can’t get the required speed, we can’t contribute to reinvigorating the economy,” said Stéphane Parisien, chief administrator for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), explaining the need for The Gig Project that the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) is developing. The Gig Project is a revision of the second phase of the original EORN Broadband pro- ject that aimed at upgrading and expanding Internet service throughout Eastern Ontario. The goal for Broadband Phase Two was to provide almost all households and businesses in the region with access to high-speed Internet service with a download speed of 50 megabytes per second and an upload speed of 10mps. But the COVID-19 pandemic situation has prompted a goal change for the project. Parisien, who serves as the UCPR’s EORN liaison, noted that there has been a heavier demand on the existing regional Internet

The Gig Project is the Eastern Ontario Regional Network’s (EORN) new goal for the second phase of its Eastern Ontario Broadband Project. More people work, study, or do business from home and EORN wants all users to have almost-instant access at one gigabyte per second for both upload and download Internet access speed. —stock photo READ CANADIAN AT THE LIBRARY THIS SUMMER


Help is available for students who need to improve their personal finance skills. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has provided a $379,200 aid grant to the Eastern Ontario Training Board (EOTB) for a program aimed at helping 400 students from the lower-income sector of the Five Counties region develop their financial literacy skills. The EOTB will work with Junior Achieve- ment Canada (JAC) on the program, which will be available for 200 Francophone participants and 200 Anglophone. The aid grant works out to $948 per student participant.

Students taking part in the project will take the JAC course on Dollars and Sense Instruction in Grade 9, followed by Economics for Success in Grade 10, and finish with Personal Finance in Grade 11. The courses will provide instruction on personal financial management, includ- ing budgeting and saving, investing, and using credit, along with information on global currency, safe online shopping, and the skills needed for success in the workplace. Participants in the program will be selected from the Prescott-Russell and Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry areas.

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