Chebucto Community Net press release
HALIFAX, NS, 15 September 2008
Phase one of a network which could bring community-based, high-speed
wireless Internet access to much of HRM has been successfully launched
by the Chebucto Community Net (CCN)
CCN pioneered the concept of community based, low-cost Internet access
in HRM in 1994 and, as the much admired second oldest community net in
Canada, has provided high quality service on a non-profit basis for 14
From a radio transmitter located on top of Fenwick Tower, CHEBUCTO
WIRELESS has produced a signal which, relayed through nodes (modified
personal computers with aerials attached) located at Spencer House and a
private residence on Morris Street, has beamed a wireless connection
through an area bounded by Queen, Morris, South Park and Clyde Streets.
The network, operational since April, is already providing free access
to the websites of all levels of government as well as other public
service sites. Full access to the Internet is acquired through a
Chebucto Plus level membership in Chebucto Community Net at $100 per
year (equivalent to $8.33 per month).
Chebucto Wireless has already been endorsed by several community
organizations including Spencer House, the Imagine Bloomfield Society,
Dartmouth Work Activity Centre and St. Vincent Seniors Residence.
"Chebucto Wireless could be a first in Canada," says Bernie Hart, Chair
of the Board of Directors of CCN. "Successful, world-class cities often
pay much attention to involvement with major buildings and developments.
But they must also build on their neighbourhoods and this is a
neighbour-to-neighbour development concept. Neighbourhoods in HRM will
decide where we expand and the people who live in these communitites
will make the network a success through their responsibility and
commitment to it and to each other."
Hart adds that "Chebucto helped put HRM on the map as one of Canada's
'smart cities' and we think it's quite appropriate that through Chebucto
Wireless we're now ready to take things to an even higher level."
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Andrew D. Wright, Office Manager