Oshawa Power Goes Into ISP Business With Durham Broadband

By Glenn Hendry

Posted on November 18, 2021 at 2:40 p.m.

Oshawa Power is now an Internet gaming player.

The utility launched Durham Broadband Tuesday, a new type of high-speed Internet service accessible to all, but focused on the economic development of Durham. It is made available to the entire business sector to boost socio-economic outcomes across the region and to place its eight local communities at the forefront of Canada’s economic modernization.

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

Durham Broadband was established in 2002 under the Oshawa PUC Services banner and quickly became the largest provider of fiber optic infrastructure in the region. The company’s relaunch and updated strategic vision come in recognition of the growing need for high-speed internet to support changing business practices, innovation and smarter cities.

“It was installed in 2002 as a private network,” Labricciosa said. “We provided it to people we shared with, like the city of Oshawa. “

To effectively support economic development, Durham Broadband is mandated to target priority areas and is pursuing an ambitious multi-million dollar five-year expansion plan that will connect underserved areas.

Labricciosa said it had never been “economical to be there” in these undeveloped areas for ISPs, but he believes Durham Broadband may work for these customers, especially when federal subsidies and provincial governments are involved.

Obtaining such grants would mean that Durham Broadband and its collaborative partner, the Regional Municipality of Durham, would be able to expand high-speed internet further, sooner and more cheaply, said Matt Strecker, vice president of Engineering and Operations, and the Division Manager for the company.

“Oshawa needs reliable high-speed internet solutions, and with our extensive dark fiber network, this was the next logical step,” he explained. “Local businesses told us they needed better network coverage, better reliability, redundancy and capacity, coupled with great customer service. By focusing our attention locally and creating the networks our region needs, we can provide unparalleled service.

Durham Broadband plans to get a bigger slice of the internet pie in Durham by offering:

  • Price matching guarantees;
  • Higher speeds than other local suppliers;
  • Flexible service levels and packages;
  • No contract; and
  • A unique dual-homed network that creates 100% system redundancy.

“We’re excited to start on this,” Labricciosa said. “We are delighted to put our shoulder in and get started. “

For more information visit www.durhambroadband.ca

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