Digital divide is closing fast in Prescott-Russell

“We started Beau’s with the original di- alup connection,” MacGillivray. “The higher- speed Net access has truly allowed us to flourish.” Based in Vankleek Hill, the local brewery now boasts satellite offices in Ottawa and Toronto to help guide and develop its mar- keting campaign throughout Ontario and into neighbouring provinces and with an eye on the U.S. “Technology is continually improving,” MacGillvray said, adding that better Inter- net access, which includes tapping into social media sites like Facebook, is the key to future success and allowing Beau’s to re- main based in Prescott-Russell. “It’s allowing us to remain competitive in a very competitive business,” he said. The South Nation Zone, comprising Prescott County and part of Russell County, is the sixth of 15 zones within the EORN project to see upgraded broadband ser- vice become available. The remaining nine should see their online access speed up by the end of this year if work continues on schedule.


L’ORIGNAL | The latest milestone for im- proving the information superhighway in Eastern Ontario was set in place to finish off the month of June. Partners and supporters of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network project (EORN) gathered in the L’Orignal chamber of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council June 26 to celebrate the launch of the South Nation Zone link for EORN, a project of the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC). “It’s a great day in the life of this project,” said Jim Pine, EORN project spokesman. “We are here to celebrate the launch of the next zone, the South Zone.” The EOWC spearheaded the EORN proj- ect, a $170-million public-private partner- ship between the regional, provincial and federal governments and the private sector, to upgrade all Internet access throughout Eastern Ontario and provide high-speed broadband service to at least 95 per cent of the region’s population, both urban and rural. EOWC Chairman Rick Phillips credited the unified support of all 13 municipalities in Eastern Ontario for convincing both the senior levels of government and the private sector that EORN was feasible. “When our communities work together, we can make more of an impact,” he said.

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JimPine, co-leader of the EORNproject, (left) chats with IanMacGillivray of Beau’s All- Natural Brewery, and Jean St-Pierre, IT manager for the United Counties of Prescott- Russell.

“When given the right tools, our communi- ties can thrive.” Bell Aliant and Xplorenet Communica- tions are the private sector partners in the project and their in-kind contribution in- volves creating a 5500-kilometre backbone network of fibre-optic cable with new-gen- eration high-speed switches for Net con- nections along with satellite links for those areas still not accessible through either wired or wireless networks. Ian MacGillivray, executive assistant at Beau’s All-Natural Brewery, described the event as momentous for local businesses

like his which need faster Internet access to claim a bigger share of both the regional and global marketplace.

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