Durham OneNet, Inc. (Durham OneNet), is an independent Municipal Services Corporation, wholly owned by the Regional Municipality of Durham.
Durham OneNet's mandate is to design, build and operate a fibre-optic backbone network across Durham Region. This backbone will facilitate faster and more reliable broadband access to Durham Region residents, businesses and institutions so that they may fully participate, compete and thrive in the twenty-first century.
The establishment of Durham OneNet and the creation of a Regional Broadband Network (RBN) that provides open access to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and carriers will drive economic development and innovation across all communities through improved broadband connectivity.
Creating an RBN is necessary to achieve Durham Region’s broadband vision.
Our vision is for a 700 kilometre network that will connect our communities and serve Regional facilities with the goal of improving delivery of Regional services.
Durham Region launches the Durham Region Broadband Strategy – Connecting our Communities to bridge the digital divide and bring Durham Region up-to-speed with some of the best-connected communities in the world.
The Broadband Survey is coordinated to collect input from users across Durham about their broadband experience. More than 2,600 responses are received from residents and businesses from across Durham. This provides excellent insights into the speeds and technologies available and the costs involved in accessing these services.
Durham Region secures partial funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to expand broadband fibre infrastructure between Uxbridge and Pickering. The Uxbridge-Pickering link created the backbone infrastructure necessary to facilitate high-speed broadband to underserved areas.
The Uxbridge-Pickering backbone extends the Regional Broadband Network’s reach to the following communities:
- Coppins Corners
Regional Council endorses the establishment of Durham OneNet Inc.—a wholly-owned Municipal Services Corporation of the Region of Durham to build and operate a Regional Broadband Network.
Durham OneNet is established as a wholly owned Municipal Services Corporation of the Region of Durham with a mandate to design, build and operate the Regional Broadband Network—a 700-kilometre fibre-optic network throughout Durham—enabling ISPs to deliver last-mile services to rural residents and businesses, as well as to connect Regional facilities.
Durham OneNet completes its first broadband build project—the Uxbridge-Pickering link—with funding through the ICIP to install 36 kilometres of fibre-optic trunk cable between the City of Pickering and the Township of Uxbridge. The new backbone cable passes through four rural communities, enabling ISPs to deliver high-speed connectivity to rural residents and businesses.