Newmarket, Ontario unveils community-owned High-Speed Internet:

On June 11, Newmarket, part of York Region in Ontario, Canada launched a new community-owned high-speed internet service, called ENVI. ENVI aims to help bring Newmarket’s broadband strategy to life and improve connectivity and reliable service for local businesses. “Just like roads, bridges and sidewalks, now more than ever, a reliable, affordable high-speed broadband network is a critical piece of infrastructure that will be a key factor in the success of our community,” says Mayor Tony Van Bynen.  “High speed broadband has the potential to open countless doors and create limitless possibilities for Newmarket.”

As part of its commitment to support local businesses and economic development, the Town of Newmarket is working with Newmarket Hydro Holdings Inc. and new internet service provider ENVI to enhance the Town’s broadband infrastructure and improve connectivity and service for businesses across the community. ENVI is a standalone subsidiary of Newmarket Hydro Holdings Inc. (NHHI) and Tay Hydro Inc. (THI). Effective June 1, ENVI became the internet service provider of choice for the Town of Newmarket and Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution. Initially, ENVI will be focusing its internet service on the business sector. Through its product offerings and 24/7 customer service model, ENVI promises to fill the internet connectivity and service gaps currently being experienced by these sectors in the community. “ENVI will start by providing internet service to Municipal, Universities, Schools and Hospitals (MUSH) and business sectors. It will offer exceptional service, unparalleled service level agreements and competitive pricing,” says Jim Gragtmans, General Manager of ENVI. “As a community-owned network, Envi is keeping revenues local and reinvesting back into the community it serves.” More reliable, affordable and faster access to the internet will bring social and economic benefits to businesses in the Newmarket community. It will also play an integral role in the Town’s economic development strategy. “Over the past five years, we have worked closely with a number of community partners to bring our broadband strategy to life,” says Economic Development Officer Chris Kallio. “By investing locally in broadband infrastructure, the benefits will come in the form of new employers, jobs, buildings and economic growth.”

Since 2014, Newmarket has been working on a broadband strategy as a key pillar of the Economic Development Strategy. ENVI was created to support economic development, help drive the local economy, increase access to online services, better social inclusion and improve community learning. Powering the community with a fibre network better connects the Town, businesses and community to the rest of the world.

About the Town of Newmarket:

The Town of Newmarket is located in southern Ontario and is home to more than 85,000 residents. Newmarket has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine and has garnered a reputation for being one of the country’s most dynamic, diverse and desirable towns to live and work in. Newmarket is also widely considered a progressive place committed to collaboration, creativity and innovation.

About ENVI:

Owned by the Town of Newmarket and Tay Township, as a subsidiary company of Newmarket Hydro Holdings Inc.(NHHI) and Tay Hydro Inc.(THI), ENVI offers a true Fibre-to-the-Premise network. Building on the community-owned Utilities’ years of experience in delivering reliable power to Newmarket and Tay, ENVI is providing similar quality of service and value for internet services.

SOURCE: Town of Newmarket

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