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Oct. 2006: City of Ottawa in partnership with Xplornet, a division of Barrett Xplore, to spend $1 million to provide affordable broadband access to all rural residents and businesses. Currently 60% of rural Ottawa has broadband service.
Nov. 2007: High-speed Internet service is now available to virtually all of rural Ottawa. [Rural Broadband Project]
The following provides statistics about Ottawa's rural population, types of businesses, workers, and broadband Internet service.
Ottawa's rural regions have a low population density - on average just over 3 persons per hectare, or approximately 33 persons per square kilometer. More than 40% of the residents and businesses in the region have no access to broadband Internet.
The low population density makes the cost of providing DSL or cable broadband services prohibitive because of the large capital infrastructure costs.
While line-of-sight wireless solutions are affordable in areas where topography permits and towers are available, this too, is only a partial solution without prohibitively large capital infrastructure costs to provide full coverage.
Most residents in the City's rural regions are farmers, small business owners, and commuters and tele-workers that work in the city's urban centre.
There are approximately 1,700 farms and 2,000 other businesses in the area.
The primary industries are agriculture, property and construction, service, retail, and tourism and hospitality.
There are an estimated 5,000 SoHo (small office, home office) workers in the rural regions. They are the single largest economically significant group.
For information contact:
Chris Cope 613-580-2424 x 28991
Economic Development Branch,
Planning and Growth Management Dept.
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave. West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J
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