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Residential Broadband Program

Bringing High-Speed Connection to Underserved Communities

CENGN funds innovative projects across Northern and Rural Ontario to provide solutions that improve connectivity and close the digital divide between remote communities and urban centres in Canada. The CENGN Residential Broadband Program offers flexible, lower-cost, higher-performance broadband access to residences within Rural Ontario communities.

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How does a project help?

Only 46% of rural households and 24% of Indigenous communities have access to high-speed internet. Access to enhanced connectivity is widely accepted as having the most significant impact on a community’s success, both in terms of economic growth and public services.

The fact is rural and remote communities are underserved because of the unique barriers that limit the business case for network deployments. Most remote communities have a low-density population with different geographical landscapes (lakes, forestry, mountainous ranges, etc.) that can present specific problems for connectivity.

For each unique problem, an innovative solution is required to enable the deployment of better service that is cost-effective for both the internet service provider and the community. Through the collaboration of the community and service provider, reliable broadband services and connectivity can be implemented in targeted regions.

A CENGN broadband project sees the permanent deployment of high speed internet services that are specifically designed for that underserved residential region, enabling that community access to essential internet services.  These services can develop new residential broadband ecosystems and promote new technology approaches that can significantly improve business cases or new business models.

Beyond benefitting the project’s host community, CENGN documents what made the project a success. We call this the blueprint, and the blueprint exists to share proven technical solutions with service providers, so they can cost-effectively roll out enhanced internet services in other communities facing similar broadband deployment barriers.

What does it mean if my community is selected for a project?

If your community has been selected for a project, here is what to expect:

  1. There will be an announcement that your community was selected to act as the use case for a specific CENGN Broadband Project based on the community’s unique barrier to effective broadband deployment.
  2. An internet service provider will have been selected as a technical partner to provide enhanced internet service in your community. They will begin deployment of the network infrastructure in collaboration with your community’s representatives.
  3. Better service will be deployed in your community, but not necessarily every region/residence. To learn if your region/residence will receive new services, contact the internet service provider.

Who is involved in a CENGN Residential Broadband Project?

CENGN’s Residential Broadband Program is facilitated through the collaboration of different partners coming together to provide better connectivity to Rural, Northern and First Nation Communities.
PartnerRole
The Government of OntarioFunds the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP). As a part of the NGNP the CENGN Residential Broadband Program provides up to $500,000 of funding to each Broadband project.
CENGN• Organization entrusted to deliver NGNP and the CENGN Residential Broadband Program.
• Identifies a specific barrier to deploying connectivity in a rural or remote community, and develops a problem statement which will act as the basis of the project.
• Through a call for participation, CENGN selects an appropriate community partner whose residents face the connectivity barriers set by the problem statement and the Technical Partner that will deploy and deliver broadband service.
• Upon completion of the project, CENGN obtains a well-tested, monitored and documented blueprint of the implementation plan and resulting internet services. This blueprint is shared with other communities in need of a similar solution to better internet services.
Technical Partner (Internet Service Provider)• Selected by CENGN to provide the broadband solution to the problem statement.
• Delivers its internet services to the Community Partner’s residence.
• Provides all infrastructure equipment to install in the selected community.
• Provides labour and support to install the equipment and fully commission the technical solution in the community.
• Provides access to the infrastructure that will allow CENGN and the Community Partner to assess performance levels during the project.
Community Partner (Internet Service Provider)• Selected by CENGN as a community that fits as a proper business use case for the problem statement.
• Supports the deployment of broadband services to its residence.
• Works together with the technical partner to deploy innovative solutions in the community.
• Regions within the community receive long-term cost-effective broadband services from the Technical Partner.

Learn about each residential broadband project and how they brought high speed connectivity to rural and Northern Ontario communities

Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program

Northern Ontario Residential Broadband Program

For inquiries related to the
Residential Broadband Program please contact:
Kirby Koster
Senior Manager, Broadband Programs
Tel:  613-291-0707
Email: kirby.koster@cengn.ca