Cy­ber­tech out­fit en­ters PR In­ter­net ser­vice race

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS / NEWS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

A Bro­ck­ville-ba­sed cy­ber tech ser­vice com­pa­ny is ma­king a bid to be­come one of, if not the big­gest, In­ter­net pro­vi­der ser­vice in Eas­tern On­ta­rio. Trues­peed In­ter­net Ser­vices is star­ting its move with ap­proaches to the coun­ties coun­cil and other lo­cal mu­ni­ci­pal go­vern­ments for space on mu­ni­ci­pal wa­ter to­wers and other high-rise in­fra­struc­ture for its trans­mis­sion si­gnals.

Adam McG­re­gor, Trues­peed com­pa­ny pre­sident, pit­ched the com­pa­ny’s IP ser­vice for re­si­dents in the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell (UCPR) du­ring a pre­sen­ta­tion at the May 11 mee­ting of coun­ties coun­cil. McG­re­gor em­pha­size du­ring his pre­sen­ta­tion that the com­pa­ny is not as­king for ei­ther the coun­ties or any mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to in­vest mo­ney in the com­pa­ny’s IP ser­vice pro­ject for Pres­cott-Rus­sell.

“We are not as­king a pen­ny from you,” he said, ad­ding that what Trues­peed seeks are part­ner­ship agree­ments to use exis­ting mu­ni­ci­pal wa­ter to­wers and si­mi­lar high­rise in­fra­struc­ture as sites for the com­pa­ny’s ra­dio trans­mit­ter sys­tems.

Trues­peed’s plan for en­te­ring the IP ser­vice com­pe­ti­tion in Pres­cott-Rus­sell al­rea­dy in­cludes set­ting up at least half a do­zen pri­vate ra­dio to­wers for its LTE re­lay sys­tem, which McG­re­gor said is a su­per­ior wi­re­less In­ter­net de­li­ve­ry sys­tem be­cause the LTE si­gnal can go through buil­dings and trees. Or­di­na­ry wi­re­less ser­vice needs a clear li­neof-sight se­tup and may be blo­cked by trees or large buil­dings.

The UCPR has been part of the Eas­tern On­ta­rio Re­gio­nal Net­work (EORN) pro­ject, laun­ched through the Eas­tern On­ta­rio War­dens Cau­cus (EOWC) through part­ner­ships with the fe­de­ral and pro­vin­cial go­vern­ments and the pri­vate sector. The goal of EORN was to im­prove broad­band In­ter­net ser­vice in Eas­tern On­ta­rio and re­duce or eli­mi­nate the “cy­ber holes” in the re­gion’s in­for­ma­tion su­per­high­way as well as make high-speed In­ter­net ser­vice avai­lable to more parts of the re­gion. Prior to EORN, ma­ny ru­ral sec­tors of Eas­tern On­ta­rio ei­ther had no In­ter­net ser­vice avai­lable or were li­mi­ted to slo­wer dial-up ser­vice through their home te­le­phone lines. Some of the smal­ler ur­ban areas al­so had li­mi­ted ac­cess to high-speed ser­vice which is now an es­sen­tial part of suc­cess­ful bu­si­ness ope­ra­tions.

McG­re­gor said that even though EORN has im­pro­ved the In­ter­net ac­cess si­tua­tion for Pres­cott-Rus­sell, it is still not per­fect be­cause of what he cal­led the “traf­fic ma­na­ge­ment” po­li­cy of some IP out­fits, which im­poses li­mi­ta­tions on the speed of In­ter­net ser­vice du­ring day­time hours when the ma­jo­ri­ty of users are on­line.

“The peak hours po­li­cy is pro­ba­bly the ma­jor fac­tor to people ha­ving com­plaints about their ser­vice,” he said, ad­ding that Trues­peed will have no such “traf­fic ma­na­ge­ment” po­li­cy and that the com­pa­ny has its own se­pa­rate band­width un­der li­cence from In­dus­try Ca­na­da and so will be able to of­fer clients 25 me­ga­bytes-per-se­cond ser­vice when it has its LTE sys­tem set up.

Coun­ties coun­cil mem­bers wel­come McG­re­gor’s pre­sen­ta­tion though Mayor Pierre Le­roux of Rus­sell Town­ship no­ted that the com­pa­ny will have to make se­pa­rate pre­sen­ta­tions to each mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil re­gar­ding ac­cess to lo­cal wa­ter to­wers for its si­gnal re­lays. Haw­kes­bu­ry Mayor Jeanne Char­le­bois ex­pres­sed sup­port for Trues­peed and pro­mi­sed to get McG­re­gor in touch with her town’s fire chief, who is res­pon­sible for the wa­ter to­wer.

“We are open for bu­si­ness,” Char­le­bois said.

Trues­peed In­ter­net Ser­vices is star­ting its move with ap­proaches to the coun­ties coun­cil and other lo­cal mu­ni­ci­pal go­vern­ments for space on mu­ni­ci­pal wa­ter to­wers and other high-rise in­fra­struc­ture for its trans­mis­sion si­gnals.

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