Internexe (itéract) plans a significant upgrade in web access for both rural and urban residents of TBL. Up to now, rural customers had to live in line of sight of a tower. Now the range has been extended so service is available up to 30 kilometres from the tower.
As a result, many more rural residents will be able to access high-speed internet. Four monthly packages will be offered: 3Mbps (Mbps = Megabits per second) service starting at $50; 5Mbps at $70; 10Mbps at $80; and 15Mbps at $100. This Internexe service will be complete by the end of March 2017.
There are offerings from other providers but this will help people in the high-speed internet no man’s land in the rural areas.
The Town of Brome Lake also has a proposal to extend high speed service to rural area (see Editorial Like a Bird on the Wire).
There is a separate Internexe plan for areas in the center of town where it will offer three new monthly plans with unlimited data.
This fibre project will be rolled out in about three months and will be completed in about eight months. One of the key time factors is that the company has to get separate permission to use each Bell and Hydro pole to run the fibre. For an additional fee, a phone service will be offered, to be followed later by a TV service.