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Haliburton County - Haliburton Connect Community Broadband Network
October 10, 2007 W3 Connex Completes Haliburton Connect Fiber Optic Broadband Network

W3 Connex Inc. (W3) is pleased to announce the completion of the last phase of the broadband fiber optics network build into Haliburton County utilizing the abandoned railway corridor from Lindsay to Haliburton. The company is now providing high speed/high bandwidth services to all of the public sector partners in the Haliburton Connects consortium including Haliburton County, Haliburton Highlands Health services, Trillium Lakelands District School board and Sir Sandford Fleming College. The completed fiber network also provides a high capacity feed into the W3 wireless network where the first phase was completed earlier this year providing service to a number of municipal community locations in the County as well as to a few residential and commercial customers.

“This network took 9 months longer to finish than we had planned due primarily to the very extensive process of obtaining Permits before construction could begin for the cities of Kawartha Lakes, Lindsay, Minden and Haliburton as well as special approvals from a number of Provincial and Federal ministries as the network runs through environmentally sensitive areas” said Brian Walters, President and Chief Executive Officer of W3. “We had hoped to launch service to residential and business customers early this year however contractually, we needed to finish the last phase of the fiber network before we could begin servicing the rest of the constituents in Haliburton County. “We really underestimated the amount of time it would take to get all these approvals completed” said Brian, “and I know that there are many residential customers who having been waiting patiently for our service who have become really frustrated by our delays. On behalf of the whole W3 team I would like to apologize for these delays and I do want to let everyone know that we are now ready to focus on providing high speed broadband to those interested in our residential and small business services.” said Walters.

Russ Hemphill, Vice President of Halcom Communications, one of the first customers hooked up stated that “I have already been spreading the word and have interest from several of my neighbours for the W3 service” . “I am extremely happy with the speed and reliability of the internet connection using W3’s wireless broadband technology as it has delivered consistently in excess of 3 Mbps” said Russ.

This network build was a significant financial undertaking for W3 and during this phase of the network build its financing partners (FactorCorp Financial and Lease Capital Corp) have been very supportive of the company and are pleased that the next phase of service implementation is now set to begin. “The W3 team faced some significant challenges in building this network and we are pleased that the network has been completed as the company can now deliver on the promise of high speed to the entire community” said Mark Twerdun, President of FactorCorp Financial Inc. “The network completion represents an important milestone in the growth of W3 and we are very pleased to have been a part of this and look forward to the continued growth of the company into other communities.” said Steve Vooro, President of Lease Capital Corporation.

FactorCorp Financial is a pooled fund of commercial loans that provides financing to small and medium sized companies in North America.

Lease Capital Corporation of Canada is a funder of leasing solutions for a wide range of equipment and customers from coast to coast. As a private company we recognize that entrepreneurs and managers deserve better service from a financial company that has a focus on helping them grow.

W3 Connex Inc. is a privately held Canadian company that provides broadband services to communities in Ontario. The company owns and operates carrier class networks using hybrid fiber optic and broadband wireless technologies, and provides Internet Access and private data line services at speeds up to Gigabit per second. W3 utilizes "best-in-class" wireless technologies from industry leading manufacturers and plans to replicate its business model into other regions of Canada and the US.

Contact:

Brian Walters

W3 Connex Inc.

[email protected]
1-888-235-9326

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Haliburton County - Haliburton Connect Community Broadband Network
September 27, 2006 W3 Announces Wireless High Speed County Network Completion

W3 Connex CEO and President Brian Walters in a presentation to County of Haliburton Council meeting on September 27 th stated that “despite the recent adverse weather, W3 is proud to announce that we are within 2 weeks of completing the build of the first phase of our wireless high speed network and that my staff along with our local installation partner John Fountain Electronics, will start connecting County sites with a plan to have this completed by the end of October.” In response to a question from Council, Mr., Walters stated “the really good news is that this means we can now start contacting the over 500 residential and commercial customers who have expressed an interest in receiving our service.”

Phil Thomson, W3 Vice President of Marketing and Sales who has been overseeing the network build, explained to Council the process that W3 will follow. “You will recall that we have been running ads since the spring asking people to express their interest in our service. As promised, W3 staff have plotted all these requests on topographical maps which allow us to see the pockets of interest and to estimate the probability of “Line of Sight “ which is the ability to see one of our towers from a customer’s location and both factors are critical for us to provide service.” Mr. Thomson advised Council that “next week, W3 staff will start contacting folks with line of sight, starting with the largest pockets and over the next month we will be contacting everyone to let them know their current status. Once people have been advised that we may be able to serve them in the initial wave, they will be requested to complete a formal service application and following this they will be contacted to arrange for a mutually convenient time to perform a site-survey and the immediate installation of service. Mr. Thomson further assured Council that “there is no charge for the site survey if we find we are unable to provide service. For people we cannot serve in the initial wave, we will be using a constantly updated list of everyone who has expressed interest to develop plans for serving all significant pockets of interest.”

As part of his presentation, Mr. Walters detailed the locations of all the initial towers sites, starting in the north with Huntsville, Dwight, Dorset, and Kennesis Lake to Haliburton. He said that “this northern backbone uses existing towers however we have had to build new towers on Vinegar Hill (located on Essonville Road), Wilberforce, Harcourt, Highland Grove and Gooderham. We are already looking at adding additional tower sites to provide coverage based on the high level of interest in other areas as well”, said Mr. Walters.

W3 and its subcontractor partner Expertech Network Installation Inc. are also building a high speed broadband network using fiber optic technology to run from Lindsay to Minden and Haliburton that will be providing high speed links to serve members of Haliburton Connects consortium (the County of Haliburton, Trillium Lakes District School Board and Sir Sanford Fleming College). “The W3 team is working hard to provide broadband service in a timely and cost effective manner and we are excited about this project as it will provide much needed broadband service to currently unserved and underserved areas of Haliburton County” said Brian Walters. “This network represents an important milestone in the growth of W3 and has enabled us to refine our community network model which is important for future community broadband network opportunities.”

W3 Connex Inc. is a privately held Canadian company that provides broadband services to communities in Ontario. The company owns and operates carrier class networks using hybrid fiber optic and broadband wireless technologies, and provides Internet Access and private data line services at speeds up to Gigabit per second. W3 utilizes "best-in-class" wireless technologies from industry leading manufacturers and plans to replicate its business model into other regions of Canada and the US once successfully deployed in Ontario.

Contact:

Phil Thomson

W3 Connex Inc.

[email protected]
1-888-235-9326

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Haliburton County - Haliburton Connect Community Broadband Network
June 27, 2006 The Haliburton County Echo - Newspaper Article - "Broadband initiative to bring the county up to speed" and "Broadband opens up county's potential"

By Jennifer Wilson

Imagine a Haliburton High where students could walk into class, turn on a computer and within minutes, be able to see, chat and interact with their peers in Huntsville. Or a hospital where cumbersome X-rays and CT scans are no longer mailed from location to location. Instead, with a click of a mouse, they’re safely in an e-mail in-box thousands of kilometers away with only seconds spared.

These hi-tech fantasies may soon become a reality for the Highlands thanks to Haliburton Connect. The local group recognized that Haliburton was in the dinosaur ages of technology, and knew they had to do something about it. With the assistance of hi-tech company W3 Connex, the committee made a plan to build and sustain a fiber-optic broadband network that would deliver the fastest and most capable Internet speed to the its members. These include the county’s four municipalities, school board, health services, Sir Sandford Fleming College, U-Links and a few small businesses.

“We are at least 30 years behind technology,” says Haliburton Connect president Dave Taylor. “We knew we had to take action and do something about this if we’re going to remain an area that’s popular to businesses, tourists and locals.” The network, which is made out of glass and uses light reflection to transmit information, will originate in Lindsay and travel up Highway 35 to Minden, turning east on County Road 21 and finishing at its members’ locations.

For the region’s municipalities, the technological benefits will put them electronically on par with the larger metropolises. “It’s becoming a necessity to be able to operate today. Even stores, if you don’t have Interact in places of business, you’re missing out on sales,” says Haliburton County Warden Jim McMahon. “Without high-speed Internet, small rural communities are hurting.”

For Haliburton County CAO Jim Wilson, the real benefit of the network will be its ability to facilitate communication, something he says will save many “gray hairs.” “I think the big advantage to the network will be the capability to communicate large data files. Currently, we can’t do that and it will be a big plus when we can,’ say Wilson. Wilson believes the network will be a huge selling point to tourists, businesses and professionals. “If we have an up-to-date communication network in place, it may help attract medical professionals to the area. Doctors would be able to transmit files and patient information from their office or clinic to the hospital electronically, something they can’t do right now.”

Already, the network, which is still waiting to receive approval from several municipalities, is being deemed as “essential” for the future prosperity of Haliburton Highlands Health Services. “This is essential to the hospital. We would need the broadband in order to complement our information technology and our diagnostic imaging,” says HHHS CEO Keith Sansford. Currently, the hospital is in the works to receive new radiography machines which require the technological super-highway known as fiber-optics to transport the machine’s digital images from location to location. “I think it is great leadership on part of the county to do this and we look forward to it being implemented,” says Sansford. “It will certainly make our lives a lot easier.”

The network’s direct and future economic benefits to the county don’t end there. With educational methods quickly becoming more and more reliant on technology, the new fiber-optic network will allow teachers and students alike access to the latest and greatest technology. “We use a lot of video conferencing and right now, the clarity is poor and there are delays for Haliburton schools because their connection is too slow. Once the fiber-optic network is installed, they will have the same capability of every other school,’ says Paula Walton, communications director for the Trillium Lakeland’s District School Board. The ultra-fast network will also help both students and teachers capitalize on their time in the classroom. Waiting times and long downloads will no longer be an issue for Highland schools, allowing for a lot more learning and a lot less waiting around. “It’s going to allow teachers and students better access to learning materials from the board and even web sites that some people just don’t have the time or want to take the time to download. It’s going to be a huge advantage for the kids and the teachers,’ says Walton.

The network won’t only benefit its members. Haliburton Connect, along with W3 Connex, the hi-tech company overseeing the network’s installation, are in the process of re-transmitting the network’s signals to provide all county residents, on and off the lake, with wireless high-speed internet at a competitive rate.

“We hope to start by September,” says Phil Thomson of W3. “It’s our goal to one day in the future provide all of Haliburton County with wireless Internet. The company has been receiving a lot of interest about the project and has been compiling lists of interested clients and their demographic locales. “It’s a bit like the cellular phone service,” says Thomson. “At first, only a few areas had service, and it has slowly but surely grown to cover a huge amount of geography. We foresee these being the way the wireless Internet will work.”

Taylor agrees. He says the network, although primarily built for Haliburton Connect members, has a bright future in the Highlands. ‘Really, the network has been built for two main reasons: one, it allows us to respond to the needs of the Haliburton Connect members and, two, it will allow us to provide communications to the bulk of the county, if not all the residents,’ says Taylor.

The benefits don’t stop there. For summer-time cottagers and tourists, Haliburton County’s lifeblood, the wireless Internet connection could mean many more lazy summer days on the dock. “It will mean people will be able to sit on their dock with a laptop and have access to their office through e-mail, instant messaging and Internet conferencing,” says Thomson. “This has the potential to easily help someone who usually only takes a week’s vacation to stay in the Highlands much longer in the summer months.”

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Major Network Re-configuration/Enchancement
March 27, 2006 Press Release -
Prince Edward County - Major Network Re-configuration/ Enhancement

Attention all customers in Prince Edward County & Quinte West:

In an ongoing effort to improve service, speeds and reliability, W3 has started a very significant network upgrade comprising two main steps:
Step 1:
Our main link to the Internet is being upgraded to a fiber optics link at the end of March. This positive change will provide each customer with a much needed increase in overall bandwidth with increased speeds for both downloading and uploading to the Internet.
Step 2:
We will then be re-configuring our network to accommodate the new Internet link and also to provide enhanced network management capabilities (ie. fault detection etc).

W3 Connex Support
[email protected]
1-888-235-9326

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Township of South Dundas - South Dundas Community Broadband Network
January 31, 2006 Press Release - W3 Connex Inc. and the Township of South Dundas

W3 CONNEX INC. COMPLETES PURCHASE OF TOWNSHIP ASSETS AND ANNOUNCES HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND SERVICE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN SOUTH DUNDAS

Brian Walters (right), President & CEO - W3 Connex Inc., presents cheque to His Honour The Mayor, Lyle VanAllen, Township of South Dundas

Williamsburg , Ontario, January 31, 2006 – W3 Connex and the Township of South Dundas today finalized their agreement with W3 purchasing the remaining township owned network assets. Brian Walters President and CEO of W3 also took the opportunity today to announce “we have completed Phase 1 and 2 of our fiber and wireless network implementation and I’m pleased to tell you all that we are now able to provide residences and businesses with high-speed broadband and Internet access services throughout much of the Township.”

“The Township of South Dundas objective has always been clear and that is to ensure connectivity is available for the high speed Internet users in the community,” said Brenda Brunt, Administration Office, Township of South Dundas in her welcoming statements.

Mayor Lyle VanAllen stated “the Administration Office of the Township operates its municipal software through the wireless system so we’ve experienced the benefits of high speed and reliability. It has always been our desire to make sure that the same service levels are available for our residents. I’m really pleased that we have concluded the final step in this process - it’s a great way to start 2006”.

“Although I’m new to the Township” said CAO Steve McDonald, “from my experience in previous positions, I know the benefits to a community of having access to high-speed Internet service and I’m really impressed with the vision of our Community leaders, supported by the efforts of the Mayor and Council. “

Barrie Crampton of Lanark Networks who has been working on contract with the Township to oversee this project, provided a short history of all the activities that led up to this point and took the opportunity to thank many of the members of the community who played a role the development and implementation of this important initiative. As he introduced Brian Walters President and CEO of W3 Connex, Barrie reminded the audience that "to win the contract for the South Dundas Network, W3 had to present a five-year business plan that showed the network would be sustainable on its own."

"We are extremely pleased to have concluded negotiations with the Township and take over the operations of the existing network. We have already enhanced network operations by adding new state-of-the-art equipment and network management programs and as we promised, we have completed the first two phases of the build of our wireless network on schedule with new transmission towers in Williamsburg, at the Matilda Community Centre in Dixons Corners as well as at the Dunbar and Riverside Heights Recreation Centres.” Brian stated that “the response and interest has been tremendous as we have been receiving dozens of calls since before Christmas from customers who signed up for service even before we had the network was completed. We have now started to connect these customers to our network along with the remaining Township office locations.”

Brian explained that “W3 staff will be hosting Town Hall meetings at selected Township locations during the week of February 27 th and look forward to meeting everyone who is interested in learning more about our service and the benefits of high-speed broadband Internet service.” Finally he stated that “we have the major network launch set for the Mid-March timeframe and the whole community can attend to celebrate with representative of all levels of government as well as Industry Canada.”

Background
The initial project was awarded to W3 Connex Inc. in 2004 in a formal RFP process administered by the Township under the BRAND (Broadband for Rural and Northern Development) funding program. In the Spring of 2005, W3 and its technology partner, mmwave Technologies Inc., finalized a detailed engineering assessment of the existing network infrastructure owned by the Township as well as the requirements for the new wireless network which will address the unserved communities in South Dundas. Prior to the commencement of the new network build, W3 and the Township had to reach agreement on the purchase of the existing network assets as they are integral to the new network design. As well approval was obtained from Industry Canada, the Federal Ministry responsible for administering the BRAND program. Over the summer months negotiations were underway regarding the purchase of the existing network assets from the Township which were concluded with the formal approval from Council on October 11, 2005 and agreement that the final transaction would be completed on January 31, 2006...

About W3 Connex Inc.
W3 Connex Inc. is a privately held Canadian company that provides broadband services to communities in Ontario. The company owns and operates carrier class networks using hybrid fiber optic and broadband wireless technologies, and provides Internet Access and private data line services at speeds up to Gigabit per second. W3 utilizes "best-in-class" wireless technologies from industry leading manufacturers and plans to replicate its business model into other regions of Canada and the US once successfully deployed in Ontario. The company’s website is www.w3connex.com.

 

Contact:

Contact:

Phil Thomson

Brenda Brunt

W3 Connex Inc.

Township of South Dundas

[email protected]
1-888-235-9326

[email protected]
(613) 535-2673

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Haliburton County - Haliburton Connect Community Broadband Network
November 14, 2005 Press Release - W3 CONNEX INC. FINALIZES AGREEMENT WITH HALIBURTON COUNTY ALLIANCE MEMBERS TO COMMENCE THE BUILD OF THE HALIBURTON CONNECT COMMUNITY BROADBAND NETWORK

W3 Connex to commence Roll Out of Fiber/Fixed Wireless Broadband Network to address all constituents in Haliburton County and Member locations in the Kawartha Lakes and Muskoka Regions

Minden , Ontario, October 20, 2005 – W3 Connex and Members of the Haliburton Connect public sector alliance have finalized an agreement regarding the build of a fiber/fixed wireless broadband network serving alliance member locations as well all constituents in the County of Haliburton.

This project was awarded to W3 Connex Inc. (and its subcontractor Expertech Inc.) in 2004 in a formal RFP process administered by the County. On October 4, 2005, W3 and Members of the Haliburton Connect alliance finalized agreements related to the build, ownership and operation of the broadband network. A significant commitment of approximately $3,000,000 was made by Haliburton Connect members over a 5 year period in the form of initial capital contributions towards the build costs of the fiber network as well as five year service and support agreements that will enable this network to be sustainable over the longer term.

W3 and its subcontractor partners (Expertech Network Installation Inc., mmwave Technologies Inc. and Halcom Communications, a Haliburton County radio communications and tower company) will immediately commence the network build which is expected to be completed by the summer of 2006. This project includes a new fiber optic network build from Lindsay to Minden and Haliburton that will provide high speed links between Member facilities as well as a fixed wireless broadband network build that will provide high speed service to residential and commercial users throughout the County of Haliburton and other Member locations not serviced on the fiber network.

Haliburton Warden Jim McMahon stated that “the County of Haliburton looks forward to working with W3 Connex Inc. in providing broadband service in 2006 to the County municipalities, area schools, Sir Sanford Fleming College, local businesses and residents located throughout Haliburton County in a timely and cost effective manner.”

“W3 is very excited about this project as it will provide much needed broadband service to currently unserved and underserved areas of Haliburton County as well as specific member locations in the Kawartha Lakes and Muskoka regions” said Brian Walters, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This network represents an important milestone in the growth of W3 and has enabled us to refine our community network model which is important for future community broadband network opportunities.”

About W3 Connex Inc.
W3 Connex Inc. is a privately held Canadian company that provides broadband services to communities in Ontario. The company owns and operates carrier class networks using hybrid fiber optic and broadband wireless technologies, and provides Internet Access and private data line services at speeds up to Gigabit per second. W3 utilizes "best-in-class" wireless technologies from industry leading manufacturers and plans to replicate its business model into other regions of Canada and the US once successfully deployed in Ontario. The company’s website is www.w3connex.com.

About Expertech Network Installation Inc.
Expertech is the largest carrier grade network installation company in Canada. It is a privately held and financially stable Canadian Company with a strong growth record. It has over 100 years of experience in building telecommunication networks. Their clients span from the largest incumbent carriers in Canada to small local and private networks. They are experienced in designing and building Community Network based networks throughout Canada. They are also experienced in project managing very large and complex projects, such as the recently completed Government of Alberta “SuperNet” which brought high speed broadband to over 400 communities throughout the province.

 

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Phil Thomson

Don Graham

Jim Wilson

W3 Connex Inc.

Expertech Network Installation

The County of Haliburton

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[email protected]

[email protected]

(905) 696-2830

(519) 895-2510

(705) 286-1333

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Township of South Dundas - South Dundas Community Broadband Network
October 11, 2005 Press Release - W3 Connex Inc. and the Township of South Dundas

W3 CONNEX INC. FINALIZES AGREEMENT WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF SOUTH DUNDAS TO COMMENCE THE BUILD OF A COMMUNITY BROADBAND NETWORK

W3 Connex to commence Roll Out of Broadband Network into Unserved Areas of South Dundas Township

Williamsburg, Ontario, October 11, 2005 – W3 Connex and the Township of South Dundas have finalized an agreement regarding the purchase of existing township owned network assets which were required in order to proceed with the implementation of the planned broadband network to service unserved areas in the Township.

This project was awarded to W3 Connex Inc. in 2004 in a formal RFP process administered by the Township under the BRAND (Broadband for Rural and Northern Development) funding program. In the Spring of 2005, W3 and its technology partner, mmwave Technologies Inc., finalized a detailed engineering assessment of the existing network infrastructure owned by the Township as well as the requirements for the new wireless network which will address the unserved communities in South Dundas. Prior to the commencement of the new network build, W3 and the Township had to reach agreement on the purchase of the existing network assets as they are integral to the new network design. As well approval was obtained from Industry Canada, the Federal Ministry responsible for administering the BRAND program. Over the summer months negotiations were underway regarding the purchase of the existing network assets from the Township which were concluded with the formal approval from Council on October 11, 2005.

“The Township of South Dundas looks forward to working with W3 Connex to ensure connectivity is available for the high speed Internet users in the community,” said Brenda Brunt, Administration Office, Township of South Dundas. “The Administration Office of the Township operates its municipal software through the wireless system and have experienced the benefits of high speed and reliability. It is our desire to give that same service to our residents.”

"To win the contract for the South Dundas Network, we had to present a five-year business plan that showed the network would be sustainable on its own after initial government funding," said Brian Walters, President and Chief Executive Officer of W3 Connex. "We are extremely pleased to have concluded negotiations with the Township so that we can commence the build of this broadband network. We have already received numerous inquiries from interested customers who have been waiting for the broadband service. The network build is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006."....

Haliburton County - Haliburton Connect Community Broadband Network
September 25, 2005 Haliburton County, Ontario, CanadaW3 was selected as the winning vendor to build, own and operate the Haliburton Connect Community Broadband Network. W3 has finalized negotiations to commence the build of this network with Community Alliance Members. Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Sir Sandford Fleming College of Applied Arts & Technology and The County of Haliburton have contracted with W3 to build a fiber/fixed wireless broadband network that serves several locations within the Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Muskoka regions. In addition to the public sector stakeholders, this network will service business and residential customers in Haliburton County. "This network represents a significant milestone in the growth of W3 and will bring much needed broadband services to all stakeholders in the regions being serviced by this network" said Brian Walters, President and Chief Executive Officer of W3. More details to follow...