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Permission to use power and phone poles delays Fibre Argenteuil installation

The MRC d’Argenteuil and its high-speed internet utility, Fibre Argenteuil Inc. have had to revise the dates initially set for the high-speed Internet connection of residences included in the fibre optic deployment project currently underway.

The project is intended to bring fibreoptic cable to allow high-speed internet service to remote areas of Argenteuil where it is currently not available from other providers.

Although some permits for access to support structures such as hydro and telephone poles have been issued, they do not allow connectivity to residences and the short distance covered by the permits obtained does not justify the full mobilization of the teams that will be building the network. As a result, the completion date for each deployment phase has been delayed by two to three months.

The new completion dates for each of the fibre optic deployment phases are as follows:

  • Phase #1 – December 2020
  • Phase #2 – Spring 2021
  • Phase #3 – Summer 2021
  • Phase #4 – Fall 2021
  • Phase #5 – December 2021
  • Phase #6 – Summer 2021
  • Curran Lake project – December 2020
  • Dunany project – Summer 2021

The MRC d’Argenteuil online mapping platform and the Fibre Argenteuil website will reflect this new information in the coming days.

Since the establishment of a coordination committee by the Québec Ministère de l’économie et de l’innovation, Hydro-Québec and Bell Canada, the MRC d’Argenteuil has seen progress in terms of issuing permits for access to poles.

A few contentious situations involving the negotiations are expected to be resolved shortly.  According to the MRC and Fibre Argenteuil, authorizations will likely be granted to allow the construction of fibre optics on several structures, and Hydro-Québec will allow the installation of cables and intends to proceed with the required work on the structures at a later date.

The MRC d’Argenteuil continues to lobby the governments of Canada and Québec to make them aware of the many obstacles and constraints related to access to the structures.

On October 15, Fibre Argenteuil Inc. opened its subscriptions for high-speed Internet, telephone, and television services.

Customers who sign up now for a COMBO or TRIO package from Fibre Argenteuil will benefit from free basic installation. In addition, the fiber optic cable going from the pole to the residence will be installed very quickly. These subscribers will receive priority treatment when the time comes to connect equipment inside the home, such as the Wi-Fi router.

As Fibre Argenteuil deploys the network for each phase, it will prioritize customers whose first phase of installation is already completed.

For more information or to subscribe, visit the Fibre Argenteuil website: fibreargenteuil.ca/internet/

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