The Community Development Department is excited to share a new rural internet service provider is available to both residential and businesses in Prince Edward County.
The demand for fast and reliable internet is increasingly critical to the day-to-day operations of all businesses and the lack of true high speed internet has been recognized as a significant bottleneck for expanding businesses in rural areas of our community. We’re excited to see increased options for both business and residents alike.
The new service utilizes a new 3500 MHz spectrum opened up in Jan 2019 by the federal government and utilizes 5G-capable technology to deliver 25 Mbps download speeds.
Many residents have been skeptical of claimed “up to” speeds, however Bell has a Stop-Sell Policy, meaning that when a tower reaches capacity, they stop selling that tower to maintain customer internet speeds of 25 Mbps. This prevents tower overloading which has been issues with other ISP’s.
Because tower availability is based on first-come-first-serve, we encourage rural businesses to investigate if this is a good option for them as soon as possible.
Towers are located on May Cross Rd, and Demorestville are now online, with more towers scheduled. Towers typically can reach a radius of 10-15km depending on geography and other factors.
Mike at The Source in Picton is the only Bell retailer in The County and can help with location availability and signups. The Source is locally owned. We encourage residents to support locally rather than ordering online. The County is not affiliated in any way with with The Source or Bell.
For startups or businesses looking to expand or re-locate to The County, you can fill out this Business Inquiry Questionnaire, and the Community Development Department will respond in 48 hours.