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Cogeco receives government support for Internet service in Estérel and Lac-des-Seize-Îles 


At a meeting with the municipal council of Estérel and Cogeco officials on March 16, the MP for Laurentides−Labelle, David Graham, highlighted the assistance the federal government has provided to a Cogeco Connexion Inc. project. In November, the government announced it would support three high-speed Internet projects in the riding of Laurentides−Labelle through the Connect to Innovate program: the Antoine-Labelle RCM project, the Association pour la télédistribution & radio La Minerve Inc. (APTR) project and the Cogeco project in Estérel and Lac-des-Seize-Îles.

The Cogeco project is worth some $1.4 million and will receive $57,160 in funding from the federal government, along with an additional $57,160 from the provincial government.


“Having access to an affordable and efficient high-speed Internet service is essential in today’s society. Rural areas need to catch up to the big cities in this area, and this is an important issue here. It’s a question of fairness and economic and social development. We have made important strides in the Hautes-Laurentides. But there is still work to be done in many parts of the Laurentians, and I will be redoubling efforts to work with the community,” said Graham.

The Cogeco Connexion project will expand the company’s fibre optic network in order to connect nearly 900 homes and businesses in the vicinity of Lac-des-Seize-Îles (north of the lake) and Estérel (nearly all the municipality). Within the next 18 to 24 months, residents newly served by Cogeco Connexion will be able to subscribe to their television, telephone and high-speed Internet services. Download speeds will reach up to 120 megabits per second, and some plans will offer unlimited data usage.

“Extending our network to the municipalities of Estérel and Lac-des-Seize-Îles shows that we want to further strengthen our presence in the heart of the Laurentians, which is a very important market for our business,” said Johanne Hinse, Vice-President, Consumer Market Sales and Community Relations, at Cogeco Connexion. “Being close to the communities we serve is consistent with the fundamental values of our business, and we are proud to offer residents of these municipalities powerful, reliable and affordable Internet access.”

Joseph Dydzak, Mayor of Estérel, thanked Graham for his support and leadership on this issue. He added, “Our residents are eager to see high-speed Internet service in their community. This service will enable many of them to more easily work from home and will surely be welcomed by our youngest residents.”

“We are pleased to welcome Cogeco, which will soon provide modern and reliable technologies in our area. We hope that they will be able to serve the entire region in the near future. We are counting on them,” said France Robillard Pariseau, Deputy Mayor of Lac-des-Seize-Îles.











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