Connexion Fibre Picanoc to install redundancy loop

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Allyson Beauregard

MRC PONTIAC – Seven Outaouais high-speed internet projects will receive funding through the provincial “Connected regions”
program to connect 4,630 households to “quality high-speed internet services at a price comparable to those offered in urban areas.”
Connexion Fibre Picanoc, serving MRC Pontiac and La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, received $159,093 to install a redundancy loop to reinforce its existing fibre optic
network (about 500 km range), reduce major internet outages, and thus improve the quality of service. The entire project is valued at $530,310.
According to Bernard Roy, MRC Pontiac director general, the redundancy loop will be located north of La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, but the positive impacts will cover the entire service area.
The program’s call for projects ran from October to December 2019 and Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy and Innovation, announced the recipients on May 21. With a $150 million contribution from the provincial government, a total of 66 projects in 11 regions of Québec were selected as part of this call for projects; it is expected 60,000 households across the province will gain access to high-speed internet. Promoters must deliver their projects no later than June 30, 2022.