Bell Canada and the city of Hamilton have formalized a partnership worth a $400 million dollar investment by Bell to expand broadband/internet infrastructure throughout our rural communities. This $400 million dollar investment was a result of months of negotiations driven by the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force of which Councillor Partridge is a member. Residents will begin to see more Bell vehicles in various areas as construction work begins. With zero cost to taxpayers, this will be the largest digital infrastructure investment in the City’s history. As a huge advocate for broadband connectivity equity for Flamborough residents, this is wonderful news for our rural communities.
Over the next five years, Bell and a Bell-funded team of City of Hamilton staff will bring direct fibre network connections to more than 200,000 homes and business locations throughout rural/urban areas of the City with zero cost to taxpayers. The network will provide consumers with access to data speeds up to 1.5 gigabits per second, the fastest home Internet speeds in Canada.
In addition to premium network support for the City’s business community, the Bell project includes the expansion of high-speed Bell Wireless Home Internet service to 8,000 homes in rural Hamilton. This innovative 5G capable technology delivered over Bell’s advance LTE wireless network provides broadband residential Internet access for small towns, farming communities and other less populated locations.
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