Haliburton Village has a few courtesy crosswalks like this one on York Street. A decision by council in 2016 to put a courtesy crosswalk on Highland Street where it intersects with York and Cedar Avenue has been put on the back-burner. /File photo by Darren Lum

NFTC to connect first customers in Haliburton by mid-August

North Frontenac Telephone Company expects to be connecting its first customers to fibre optic internet and television in Haliburton by mid-August.

Crews in the village have been ramping up work in recent weeks installing the cable that will bring significantly faster internet than has been available in the past.

“We’ve completed the underground services on Riverside Drive Cattail and Independence as well as Dean Court” said Ben Belanger who is co-ordinating NFTC work crews locally.

“And the workers are actively splicing all of the fibres together now” added NFTC vice-president Grant Roughley.

The company is moving street by street installing the infrastructure to provide fibre optic internet which will allow customers to stream movies download music and browse the web much faster than before.

“Currently the copper phone lines offer speeds of up to 10 megabits per second. We’re offering up to 250 mbps speeds” said Roughley.

Belanger said his crew has been talking to neighbours who come out to watch their progress as they install cables down the street.

“One man said ‘it finally means my son can come up and stay with us … he said his son can’t do his work because the internet connection isn’t good enough [in Haliburton]’” he said.

Because NFTC is hooking up customers as they build they’re asking those interested to get in touch with sales rep Lily Meshadiyeva who can provide pricing information as well as a schedule of service provision.

“You can talk to her about services available and price points and the difference between what fibre offers and what your current service offers” Roughley said.

NFTC also provides digital high definition television packages with hundreds of channel options including sports movies and specialty content.

To get in touch with NFTC email lily@nftctelecom.com or call 705-457-8805 .

Editor’s note: North Frontenac Telephone Company is 50 per cent owned by London Publishing Corporation. London Publishing Corporation shares the same ownership as White Pine Media which in turn owns the Minden Times and Haliburton Echo.