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Nearly half of Kawartha Lakes City Council showed up to hear what Bell representatives had to say about new rural, wireless broadband.

Bell launches new broadband wireless Internet service in rural Kawartha Lakes

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It’s the first thing on the minds of people who are considering the possibility of moving to Kawartha Lakes – or any largely rural municipality. ‘How’s the Internet?’

Bell today announced the expansion of its Wireless Home Internet wireless broadband service to more communities in the Kawartha Lakes region and Peterborough County, including Kirkfield, Lindsay and Little Britain.

The new service will be expanded to other parts of the region later in 2019, including Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Kinmount, and Omemee.

“It’s the number one priority we always hear about as politicians,” says City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham, who attended the press conference in Little Britain along with Councillors Andrew Veale, Pat O’Reilly, Ron Ashmore, and Tracy Richardson.

“People want broadband – this is exciting news,” he said, noting it is important for private enterprise like Bell to step up like they have to try and address these concerns.

Bell Wireless Home Internet is designed to provide affordable broadband access (priced regularly from $69.95 to $79.95 depending on package) — to residents in smaller towns and unserved and underserved rural communities. The 5G-capable technology operates in the 3,500 MHz spectrum band on Bell’s advanced LTE wireless network.

“These speeds are very similar to what I would get at home in the GTA,” says Karen Neave, senior product manager for Bell.

To install Wireless Home Internet, Bell technicians place a small antenna outside a customer’s home that connects to the Bell LTE network. Customers also receive a Bell home hub modem to provide fast Wi-Fi throughout the home. Wireless Home Internet can also be bundled with Bell Satellite TV, offering more than 250 live and on demand channels on tablets, smartphones, laptops and big screens with the Bell Fibe TV app.

The new service will not address the so-called ‘dead zones’ of cell coverage in Kawartha Lakes. However, organizers suggested their colleagues at head office should know about these to address them and encouraged the municipality to get in touch.

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Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also Vice Chair of the Ontario Basic Income Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.

7 Comments

    • Call it whatever you want but Xplornet is the scam, not Bell. Xplornet gives you only 50 gigs at 10 mbps for 90 bucks including a phone. Xplornet is constantly throttled with service unavailable at many times. Their customer service is very lacking plus you have to buy your own wireless router if you want wireless. Bell’s offer of 350 gigs at 25 mbps for 79 bucks a month including a wireless modem is a much better deal. Plus Bell’s infrastructure and service is second to none. No I don’t work for Bell, but I personally know many people who have had to deal with Xplornet and their overpriced rates as it is/was their only option and for certain they will be gladly switching to Bell.

    • Firstly, this “new” Bell service does not even meet the latest Basic Service Object of 50Mb.
      Secondly, Bell Media owns all the local press here. Other Inernet providers put out press releases and are told “this is considered advertising” and have to pay to get their news out. There are two companies i know of, Cable Cable and Kawartha Cable doing fiber to the home in the Oakwood, Little Britain, Pontypool, Omemee, Woodville, Manilla areas… and more. They get zero coverage despite putting out press releases. it’s shameful!

      • Nobody owns the Lindsay Advocate except us. It is an independent and 100% local. The weekly newspaper is owned by the corporation Metroland. The radio station is owned by Bell.

        If Cable Cable or Kawartha Cable wants to send us a press release we’re happy to publish it. We’ve never received anything from them.

  1. It’s one of those stories that is a bit of both, Will. Rural internet is an important topic, so if there is a private sector solution that helps in some way, people want to know about it. Many others are excited to have the option. Not everyone is streaming Netflix for half a day or watching YouTube videos 24/7. There are many people who will find value in this, even with the data caps.

    • It’s not as though Bell is doing this out of charity. Data caps are a way for Bell to extract more money from customers when they inevitably go over the 350gb limit.

      You don’t have to binge watch video to easily go over the limit either. For example, a single video game can be as large as 100gb to download, often less but sometimes even more. Then online play can use as much as 1gb of data per hour. So, if you download one game and play it for one hour per day you’ve exceeded the monthly cap and are going to have to pay huge overage fees. Another example is video streaming, which in 720p is about 3gb/hour and as high as 16gb/hour for 4K. So you can watch about 11 (2-hour-long) movies in 4K per month (if you do nothing else online). Just downloading a single Blu-ray quality movie can be over 100gb. If you purchase and download the digital version of a TV show with multiple seasons – guess what? Cap exceeded.

      But these examples are also for a single person. What about other family, friends, roommates, etc. who also use your Internet? All you have to do is look at recent CBC reporting about Bell charging people thousands of dollars in overage fees without their knowledge because their kids played games online, racking up data.

      A 350gb cap will probably be plenty for many people. But most are using the Internet for every kind of media (movies, music, games, news, etc.) these days. I’m sure cottage-goers will like having the option to bundle this with their Bell home Internet, but as a main source it is severely lacking.

      There are smaller companies with better plans available in Kawartha Lakes. Caps shouldn’t be tolerated. And the cap wasn’t even mentioned in the article. There is no reason to uncritically advertise for a huge corporation.

  2. We tried to get this new so called services from Bell.
    However, they of course can not get signal from my location, no line of site. We asked if we can get the same plan that they offer through the rocket hub from Bell and they flat out said “no”, although it is exactly the same concept. The only difference is the Sim card is in the satellite dish that they put on the roof of your home.. So, now we continue to pay the outrageous price of $200.00 a month for internet from good old Xplornet.

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