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Internet Projects in the Municipality of Chester

The Municipality of Chester recognizes the importance of reliable, high-speed internet for residents, businesses, and organizations in our communities. We help facilitate rural internet projects in our Municipality by supporting provincial and federal government agencies who lead the development of internet infrastructure with private sector internet service providers.

Our support may take several forms: financial partnership for internet projects; communications and research support; and information-gathering about areas unserved/underserved by high speed internet. Now that several projects are underway, we encourage you to let us know if your community has limited or no access to high speed internet service and we can advocate for further internet projects in your area.

Rural internet projects underway or recently announced are outlined below. Project updates will be provided in News updates on this page when available.

  • Dedicated high speed broadband wireless towers, with a maximum of seven towers serving multiple communities. Project lead: TNC Wireless Inc., with investment from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Connect to Innovate program and the Municipality of Chester. Status: community consultation process for the first three tower sites (Windsor Road, Forties, and Seffernville) completed.

  • Wired-to-the-home network in New Ross. Project lead: Bell, with investment from Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative program. Status: the project is essentially complete, as of November 18, 2020, although Bell indicated there remains three NS Power work orders to complete which may affect some civic addresses.

  • Wired-to-the-home network project “Blandford”, with communities served to include Northwest Cove, Southwest Cove, Aspotogan, Bayswater, Upper Blandford, Blandford, and New Harbour. Project lead: Bell, with investment from Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative program and the Municipality of Chester. Status: project announced on September 1, 2020; details about timing and project area maps forthcoming.

  • Wired-to-the-home network project “Chester Surround”, with project areas to include Aldersville area, Seffernville area, New Russell area, and the Canaan area. Project lead: Bell, with investment from Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative program and the Municipality of Chester. Status: project announced on September 1, 2020; details about timing and project area maps forthcoming.

Internet Projects in the Municipality of Chester

The Municipality of Chester recognizes the importance of reliable, high-speed internet for residents, businesses, and organizations in our communities. We help facilitate rural internet projects in our Municipality by supporting provincial and federal government agencies who lead the development of internet infrastructure with private sector internet service providers.

Our support may take several forms: financial partnership for internet projects; communications and research support; and information-gathering about areas unserved/underserved by high speed internet. Now that several projects are underway, we encourage you to let us know if your community has limited or no access to high speed internet service and we can advocate for further internet projects in your area.

Rural internet projects underway or recently announced are outlined below. Project updates will be provided in News updates on this page when available.

  • Dedicated high speed broadband wireless towers, with a maximum of seven towers serving multiple communities. Project lead: TNC Wireless Inc., with investment from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Connect to Innovate program and the Municipality of Chester. Status: community consultation process for the first three tower sites (Windsor Road, Forties, and Seffernville) completed.

  • Wired-to-the-home network in New Ross. Project lead: Bell, with investment from Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative program. Status: the project is essentially complete, as of November 18, 2020, although Bell indicated there remains three NS Power work orders to complete which may affect some civic addresses.

  • Wired-to-the-home network project “Blandford”, with communities served to include Northwest Cove, Southwest Cove, Aspotogan, Bayswater, Upper Blandford, Blandford, and New Harbour. Project lead: Bell, with investment from Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative program and the Municipality of Chester. Status: project announced on September 1, 2020; details about timing and project area maps forthcoming.

  • Wired-to-the-home network project “Chester Surround”, with project areas to include Aldersville area, Seffernville area, New Russell area, and the Canaan area. Project lead: Bell, with investment from Develop Nova Scotia’s Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative program and the Municipality of Chester. Status: project announced on September 1, 2020; details about timing and project area maps forthcoming.
  • Bell / Develop Nova Scotia New Ross Project Complete

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    23 Nov 2020

    As of November 18, 2020, the four Fibre Serving Areas (FSA) that make up the New Ross project have been completed, although Bell indicated there remains three NS Power work orders to complete which may affect some civic addresses. Updated civic address files to accompany the FSA maps have been uploaded in the documents section of the Rural Internet project page, as follows:

    • FSA 101 Lake Ramsay
    • FSA 102 Forties
    • FSA 201 Mill Road and Leville
    • FSA 202 New Russell Road

    Residents with addresses listed in those FSA civic address files are encouraged to contact Bell at 1-888-341-2927 or to check availability at www.bell.ca.

  • Now Available! Develop Nova Scotia Webinar

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    22 Oct 2020

    For those who were unable to attend the live session on October 16, a recording and accompanying presentation document of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative webinar are now available on the Develop Nova Scotia website here: https://internet.developns.ca/events/south-shore-webinar/

    The session features an update from Develop Nova Scotia on the work done so far in investing in high speed internet infrastructure in our province, as well as a discussion of what's next and a question and answer session.

  • New Ross Project Update

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    09 Oct 2020

    For the wired-to-the-home network build, Bell created four (4) Fibre Serving Areas (FSAs). Three of these four FSAs have been completed or partially completed, amounting to a total of 422 civic addresses in New Ross that are now ready for service orders with Bell. The documents section of this Rural Internet Page includes the four FSA maps Bell created, along with civic address files for three of those areas:

    • FSA 101 Lake Ramsay -- 119 civic addresses still to be added
    • FSA 102 Forties -- complete
    • FSA 202 New Russell Road -- 52 civic addresses still to be added
    • FSA Mill Road and Leville -- 'make ready' work still in progress


    Residents are encouraged to consult the civic address lists provided here. Addresses included in these lists are now in Bell's 'service qualification system', which means residents at those addresses can contact Bell today to update their service. Contact Bell at 1-888-341-2927 or at www.Bell.ca for more information.

  • Develop Nova Scotia Webinar - October 16, 2020

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    07 Oct 2020
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    South Shore | Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

    Join Develop Nova Scotia to hear more about the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, with information on the Initiative's recently announced phase. Develop NS staff will be on hand to present the update and then respond to your questions.

    Residents throughout the South Shore region are welcome to join this information session live on October 16 at 1pm, either online or via phone. Details on how to register are available here: internet.developns.ca/events/south-shore-webinar

    Residents who are unable to join the session live can still participate. A recording of the session, along with the PowerPoint presentation, will be available on the Develop NS website after the session is complete at https://internet.developns.ca/news-events/events/. In addition, questions can be submitted before the session to either info@developns.ca or via phone at 1-833-422-6591.