Huron Shore and Manitoulin Island Community Owned Fibre Infrastructure Corporation (H&M COFI) has been awarded funding through two government programs: Ontario’s Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program as well as the Government of Canada’s Universal Broadband Fund (UBF). Both levels of government announced the funding for this project on August 6, as part of a larger commitment to improve Internet services for Northern Ontario communities.
With this funding, H&M COFI will partner with ROCK Networks to build a broadband network that will bring reliable and affordable high-speed Internet to all underserved residents and businesses in the region.
CIRA’s Internet Performance Test (IPT) is one of the most advanced tests of internet speed and quality available.
This website will collect the required data for rolling out the backbone and connecting fibre to your homes. Simply click the link, input your address, and take the short survey!
The Regional Broadband Network, Huron Shore and Manitoulin Island Community Owned Fibre Infrastructure (H&M COFI) and ROCK Networks are committed to building a broadband network. This high-speed Internet network will be made available to all residents and businesses in every part of the region, between Nairn Centre to Garden River FN, including the City of Elliot Lake as well as Manitoulin and St. Joseph Islands. The network will improve economic growth and access to health and educational services.
H&M COFI Corporation, a federally registered non-profit company, will sell wholesale access to individual Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Residents, businesses, and institutions will buy Internet access and services directly from any ISPs operating on the network. This model ensures that a high-speed network, expected to offer data rates at a gigabit per second or higher, is available for all users in the region while providing a competitive market. The ISP determines the retail price offered to the user. With a selection of ISPs, the consumer will choose the package price according to the service they require.
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