Canada’s Largest Rural Broadband Provider Responds to First Round Funding Announcement for Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians

January 1, 2010

Industry Canada Minister Tony Clement announced yesterday the recipients of the first round of funding for Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians.  This is a federal stimulus program to help bring broadband Internet service to rural Canadians.

Barrett Xplore Inc., Canada’s largest provider of rural broadband, has been asked to provide broadband services to the largest number of currently unserved households under this first round of funding.  In response John Maduri, CEO of Barrett Xplore Inc issued the following statement.

“Being awarded the largest percentage of the program is an endorsement of our business model. The announcement validates our ‘hybrid technology’ solution as the most efficient way to insure 100% of people in these regions of Quebec will receive affordable Xplornet broadband services,” said Maduri.  The hybrid solution uses both fixed wireless and satellite to ensure 100% connectivity in any region in Canada.

“We take this award very seriously, both in terms of our commitment to potential new customers, and also to taxpayers.  To taxpayers, we commit that we will deliver urban quality broadband at urban prices, with full accountability for every dollar spent.  To our new customers and the regions in which they live, we promise to go beyond just providing technology, by providing a high level of customer service 7/24/365 and working together on digital literacy.  We want everyone in these regions to fully understand and take advantage of the benefits of broadband.”

Maduri concluded, “We believe that in the next 24 months every Canadian will have access to broadband. That is in part through programs like Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians, and in large part due to Barrett Xplore’s investments in future technologies such as the Canadian capacity on the  next-generation High Throughput Satellites which will enable rural Canadians to have access speeds up to 10x faster than today’s technology.”  Canada has made significant progress in achieving its 100% access goal through initiatives in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Eastern Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to bring broadband to all of their residents.  Quebec now has the opportunity to join this list as well.

Barrett Xplore will begin reaching out to the communities awarded to them today, and will publish a timeline for full execution of the broadband build out within weeks.

About Barrett Xplore Inc.
Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Barrett Xplore Inc. operates Xplornet Internet Services, Canada’s largest rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory. Barrett Xplore aims to bridge the urban/rural digital divide by ensuring that every Canadian, regardless of where they live, has access to broadband, thereby enabling them to compete effectively in the global economy and gain access to essential government and educational services. For additional information, please visit www.xplornet.com.