For Immediate Release
November 14, 2000
Information Technology Services
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4512
Chief Information Officer
City of Brampton
City of Mississauga
LARGEST MUNICIPALLY OWNED FIBRE OPTIC NETWORK IN NORTH AMERICA
BRINGS SAVINGS OF MORE THAN $2 MILLION
(Brampton) - The City of Brampton, City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel stand at the leading edge of modern technology with the largest municipally owned fibre optic network in North America.
The Public Sector Network (PSN) consists of more than 200 kilometers of primarily 96-strand fibre, or approximately 14,000 strand-kilometers. Laid end to end, this is more than enough fibre to reach from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia, and back again.
A joint effort of the partner organizations over several years, the fibre optic network provides high speed, high capacity telecommunications for municipal facilities and services.
Savings from PSN are estimated at more than $2 million annually for the partners, and will be even greater in the future, as telecommunications is increasingly relied upon to improve delivery of municipal services.
PSN, which recently won a Showcase Ontario Award of Excellence and a silver medal at the national Technology in Government Distinction awards, was conceived more than five years ago. In addition to meeting the needs of the partners, the network was built with excess capacity that could be made available to all public sector agencies in Peel Region.
The PSN partners are now making their initial vision a reality by negotiating access agreements with the William Osler Health Centre, Trillium Health Centre, Credit Valley Hospital Corporation, Community Care Access Centre of Peel, the Peel District School Board, the Dufferin-Peel District Catholic School Board and Sheridan College.
Up to 200 additional facilities of these potential subscribers can be added to PSN. In some cases this can be done at minimal additional cost and with substantial benefits to local residents. Just one of these benefits will be the ability to move X-rays, MRI results and other digital information between the hospitals.
By offering affordable, high-speed telecommunications access to other Peel public sector agencies, at a fraction of the cost of other equivalent services, they will be able to share in the benefits provided by PSN. The net result is that taxpayers pay only once but benefit repeatedly from the partners' initial investment.
"Our involvement with and investment in the PSN is evidence of our commitment to using new technology in ways that provide tangible returns to the community by enabling more cost-efficient, convenient, effective or timely service delivery from their public sector service providers."
Peter Robertson, Mayor, City of Brampton
"The PSN is a significant tool in holding the line on the cost to deliver vital public services that make our community an attractive place for business to locate and for individuals to live and raise their families. The PSN is an important part of our overall service delivery strategy."
Hazel McCallion, Mayor, City of Mississauga
"The PSN is a shared resource that benefits our communities in many ways and also ensures we have the ability to benefit from the new technologies of tomorrow. It's also an outstanding example of inter-government collaboration and co-operation."
Emil Kolb, Peel Regional Chair and CEO
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Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
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