AMHERST – Bell Aliant is investing $2.7 million in Amherst by connecting the community to its fibre-to-the-home network next month.
Amherst will be the 10th community to be connected to the network in 2012. Approximately 5,400 Amherst and area residential and business customers will have access to what’s advertised as the region’s fastest Internet speeds and best TV service.
"Simply put, FibreOP offers customers the fastest Internet in the market, and the best TV experience that includes the most user-friendly guide, the best Whole Home PVR, more than 100 HD channels and the most HD video on demand content," said Andre LeBlanc, vice-president, residential markets, Bell Aliant. "A fibre-optic network is the building block of great home entertainment. Amherst will soon experience the difference fibre directly to the home makes."
Barry Walton, Bell Aliant’s senior advisor on fibre-to-the-home access, briefed municipal officials and members of the business community on Wednesday. He said setting up the fibreop network in Atlantic Canada represents the company’s biggest single investment in the region.
Walton said the network will prove itself invaluable to the community in economic development, housing values, health care and elearning.
“There are a lot of win-wins with this,” Walton said. “Embrace it, get educated with it and take full advantage of the opportunities is presents.”
Amherst Mayor Robert Small said the technology will make Amherst a more intelligent community and should help with business recruitment and retention.
“I get excited about new technology that will improve life for our residents and businesses,” Small said. “I can see big things in terms of economic development and the recruitment and retention of professionals.”
The mayor said it will benefit the industrial park and will allow more people to work from their homes.
"It connects right to homes and businesses and gives consumers and local industry access to the speed and data capabilities they need to remain competitive," said Small. "We want the world to know that our community is a thriving, connected place to live and work."
The network is already available across Nova Scotia including Halifax, Truro, New Glasgow, Annapolis Valley, Sydney, Bridgewater, Digby, Antigonish and Yarmouth, and the company will soon start connecting customers in Lunenburg.
Fibre-to-the-home dramatically increases connection speeds and data capability available to users. Bell Aliant's FibreOP network offers the best TV experience with amazing features like the best Whole Home PVR, more than 100 HD channels, the most HD movies on demand and the most amazing apps. FibreOP offers Atlantic Canada's fastest Internet speeds with up to 250 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload. With a FibreOP bundle, customers save on the best of everything.
By the end of 2012, the company will have invested approximately half a billion dollars to extend fibre-optic technology to approximately 650,000 homes and businesses in its territory.
Amherst customers can pre-register for FibreOP service at www.bellaliant.net/FibreOP, or call 1-866-342-7367 to be notified when service is available in their area.