Oshawa Power enters ISP business with Durham Broadband


Published November 18, 2021 at 2:40 pm

Oshawa Power is now a player in the internet game.

The utility launched Durham Broadband Tuesday, a new kind of high-speed internet service that is available to anyone but focuses on Durham’s economic development. It is being made available to the broader business sector to spur-on socio-economic outcomes across the Region and put its eight local communities at the forefront of Canada’s economic modernization.

“We think we can do it better, faster and cheaper than our competitors,” said Oshawa Power CEO Ivan Labricciosa.

Durham Broadband was established in 2002 under the banner Oshawa PUC Services and quickly became the Region’s largest fibre optic infrastructure supplier. The company’s re-launch and updated strategic vision come in recognition of the increasing need for high-speed internet to support evolving business practices, innovation and smarter cities.

“It was installed in 2002 really as a private network,” Labricciosa said. “We supplied it to people we were common with, like the City of Oshawa.”

To effectively support economic development, Durham Broadband has a mandate to target priority areas and is pursuing an aggressive five-year, multi-million-dollar expansion plan that will see underserved areas connected.

Labricciosa said it has never been “economical to be there” in those undeveloped areas for internet providers but he believes Durham Broadband can work for those customers, particularly when federal and provincial grants are involved.

Securing such grants would mean that Durham Broadband and its collaborative partner, the Regional Municipality of Durham, would be able to stretch high speed internet farther, sooner and for less cost, said Matt Strecker, the Vice-President of Engineering & Operations, and the Divisional Lead for the venture.

“Oshawa has a need for high-speed reliable internet solutions, and with our extensive network of dark fibre this was the logical next step,” he explained. “Local business told us they need better network coverage, reliability, redundancy and capacity, married with excellent customer service. By focusing our attention locally, and building the networks our Region demands, we can provide service that is unmatched.”

Durham Broadband plans on getting a larger slice of the internet pie in Durham by offering:

  • Price match guarantees;
  • Superior speeds to other local suppliers;
  • Flexible service levels and packages;
  • No contracts; and
  • A unique dual-homed network that creates 100% system redundancy.

“We’re excited to get started on this,” Labricciosa said. “We’re excited to put our shoulder and get going.”

For more information visit www.durhambroadband.ca


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