Rogers Bringing Connectivity To Residents And Businesses Of Ramara In Simcoe County

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In partnership with Township of Ramara, Rogers to connect more than 800 homes and businesses, including the Township’s Fire Hall

Once completed, residents and business owners will have access to a full suite of services including Rogers Ignite Internet™ with speeds of up to 1.5 gigabit per second and Rogers Ignite TV

To ensure connectivity throughout the community, two wireless towers will be installed to provide wireless home internet to more than 80 homes delivering reliable connectivity to residents that are harder to reach with a fibre-optic network

Having access to reliable, high-speed connectivity has never been more important to foster dynamic and inclusive communities. A recent study on the Angus Reid Forum shows the strong impact connectivity and technology has played for Canadian small businesses over the past 18 months with 85% of Canadian small businesses rating reliable connectivity as top priority¹. With this in mind, Rogers today announced that it will be taking the next step in closing the digital divide by expanding its fibre network to the Township of Ramara in Simcoe County, Ontario.

“Connectivity plays a vital role in ensuring people can work, communicate with friends and family, gain education, access health care, and contribute meaningfully to their communities,” said Phil Hartling, Executive Vice President, Service Expansion, Rogers Communications.  “We are pleased to see our collaboration with the Township of Ramara come to fruition in what will offer a range of options to deliver reliable connectivity and improve the daily lives of local residents and business owners.”

“Access to reliable, affordable high-speed Internet is one of the largest issues we deal with in the Township of Ramara,” said Ramara Township Mayor Basil Clarke. “This investment in affordable high-speed internet will help our residents connect with families, friends and workplaces and get us closer to our goal of expanding broadband services to all residents and businesses across our community. We’d like to also thank Rogers for its additional investment and for making it possible to expand high-speed broadband in Ramara.”

Through a partnership with the Township of Ramara, Rogers will invest over $4 million to expand its fibre network across 38 square kilometers of underserved areas, servicing more than 800 homes and businesses in Ramara. Construction, in collaboration with Ruralwave has already started, and is expected to be completed by mid-2022. The official project launch was marked by a joint photo-op with Ramara Mayor Basil Clarke, Rogers Director of Service Expansion, Marnie Miron and Ruralwave Director of Operations, Dan Risebrough Barnes. Earlier this month, Rogers enabled 10 of its cellular towers to provide wireless home internet service which offers a variety of plans and access to reliable internet to almost 1,000 homes and businesses in the area.

A PwC study commissioned by the company indicates that in 2020, Rogers investments and operations resulted in a total economic footprint in Ontario of $15.2 billion of output, including over 45,800 full-time jobs generated and supported. Rogers was recently recognized by Ookla® as Canada’s most consistent national wireless and broadband provider, achieving this top ranking for the fifth quarter in a row². Rogers is committed to closing the digital divide by making the necessary investments. Since January 2020, in Ontario Rogers has:

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