Ministry of Northern Development and Mines


For Immediate Release -- 003
January 18, 2005

Government Expands And Improves Northeastern Telecommunications

POWASSAN – The Ontario government is boosting economic development opportunities by providing wireless broadband Internet service to communities in the districts of Nipissing, Parry Sound and Sudbury. Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), Rick Bartolucci, and Nipissing MPP Monique Smith, made the announcement today.

“The McGuinty government is pleased to help bring modern telecommunications technology to small northern communities,” Bartolucci said. “More than 115 small communities will benefit from this project, which will provide residents and businesses with access to services and opportunities that were previously unavailable to them.”

The NOHFC is providing $1 million to the Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation to construct wireless, open-access broadband infrastructure in the districts of Nipissing, Parry Sound and Sudbury. Broadband Internet services will be made available to areas that are currently without or have very limited access to high-speed broadband data communications.

“I am pleased that this technology is being made available to so many small communities in the region,” Smith said. “The addition of these services in Nipissing and neighbouring communities will allow local businesses to expand their operations and compete globally, resulting in new economic development opportunities.”

A refocused NOHFC is key to the government’s Northern Prosperity Plan for delivering real, positive change across the North. The plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.


Ministry of Ministère du
Northern Development Développement du Nord
and Mines et des Mines

January 18, 2005


The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation will provide $1 million to Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation to establish wireless, open-access broadband infrastructure in more than 115 communities in the Districts of Nipissing, Parry Sound and Sudbury:

Alban Alderdale Alsace
Appleby Corner Arnstein Ahmic Harbour
Astorville Balsam Creek Bear Valley
Beaucage Bonfield Britt-Byng Inlet
Burks Falls Cache Bay Caderette
Callander Casimir Ceeceb
Chapman’s Landing Chartrand Corner Chiswick
Christian Valley Commanda Cooks Mills
Corbeil  Crystal Falls  Delemere 
Dokis  Dunchurch  Dunnet’s Corner 
Eau Claire Eau Claire Station Eldee
Emsdale Evansville Fairhollm
Farley’s Corner Fern Glen Feronia
Field Four Mile Bay Garden Village
Golden Valley Grand Désert Grahamville
Hagar Happy Landing Harfred
Henvey Inlet Hills Siding Hornell Heights
Hotham Jamot Joly
Katrine Kearney Killarney Ward 1
Killarney Ward 2 Kipling Lake Champlain
Lavigne Loring Lounsbury
Magnetewan Madawaska Markstay
Marten River Mattawa Mattawan
McKellar Mcmurich/Monteith Meadowside
Monetville Nipissing Nipissing Junction
Noelville Nosbonsing North Monetville
Notre Dame du Lac Novar Otter
Ouelette Perry Pickerel
Port Carmen Port Loring Powassan
Redbridge Restoule River Valley
Rock Lake Rye Ryerson
Scotia Songis South River
Spring Creek Sprucedale Stinson
Stirling Falls Strong Sturgeon Falls
Sundridge Thorne Trout Creek
Trout Lake Trout Mills Verner
Wade’s Landing Walls Warren
Wasing West Arm Whitestone
Whitney Widdifield Wisawasa


Laura Blondeau

Minister’s Office – Sudbury(705) 564-7454

Michel Lavoie MNDM/NOHFC – Sudbury(705) 564-7125


To keep you up to date on the latest promises concerning Broadband,
hopefully coming soon to some of the Almaguin Communities,
here are a few sites to check out.

Blue Sky Net | Spectrum 2000

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