Storm Internet teams up with North Stormont Township; firm’s wireless service now available

Storm Internet Manager of Sales Michel Lalonde (left) and CEO Avedis Menechian celebrated the roll-out of the firm's greatly expanded broadband service in North Stormont by raising awareness of the achievement at the Nov. 27 CP Holiday Train show in Finch. Zandbergen, Nation Valley News

BERWICK — Wireless broadband is now available in a bigger way across North Stormont, thanks to Storm Internet, which recently completed the construction of six new towers in the rural township of 6,800 people at lightning speed.

The leading provider of rural high-speed service was chosen just a few months ago by the Township of North Stormont as the provider of choice within the 515-square-kilometre jurisdiction that includes Avonmore, Berwick, Crysler, Finch, Monkland and Moose Creek.

The township selected 20-year-old Storm due to its vast experience in providing reliable, secure and cost-effective high-speed rural wireless — as well as exceptional, locally-based customer support and service. Though Ottawa-based, the firm maintains a Chesterville service and installation office.

Working with the municipality, Storm has strategically placed the new towers to best serve residents, farms, businesses and governmental organizations with powerful high-speed connections. That starts with North Stormont’s own municipal offices, which are already fully powered by Storm Internet to ensure essential online communication services for Roads and Public Works, Treasury and Taxes, Building, Planning and Bylaw, Recreation and Emergency services. Tapped into reliable broadband, the township aims to offer residents the ability to access local government services and to make payments online with ease.

“Storm Internet stood out as a local company that understands the importance of putting the user experience first,” stated Marc Chenier, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of North Stormont. “This reliable affordable solution will enable the township to realize greater cost savings and return on investment, while better serving the connectivity needs of our extended community’s residents and businesses.”

North Stormont Mayor Dennis Fife said the township invested “about $40,000” as a contribution to make Storm’s service available across a “very large swath” of the municipality. Some of the six towers went atop existing structures, he said, while others were erected free-standing. Fife explained the township was looking at making an investment anyway to at least deliver a better wireless connection over to its Berwick headquarters.

“Lots of complaints” from residents about current broadband offerings in North Stormont prompted council’s decision to usher Storm into the township as another commercial competitor, he said. Storm’s service “just went online yesterday,” he added.

“Storm Internet is proud to partner with North Stormont in providing a high-speed broadband solution to connect its many rural residents, farms and businesses,” stated Avedis Menechian, CEO, Storm Internet. “Strong local communities, economies and the enhanced delivery of essential services are all dependent on reliable internet connectivity.”

About Storm Internet

Storm Internet is a privately held company founded in Ottawa, in 1996. Over the past 20 years, Storm has grown to become one of Ontario’s leading rural high-speed internet service providers. Its primary services include residential wireless, DSL and WiFi services, in addition to customized commercial networks and fibre installations. This year, Storm introduced its VOIP digital home phone service to further connect its rural communities. Storm’s core market and customer base encompasses rural

Eastern Ontario and Quebec, covering over 8,000 square kilometres of the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Storm has long been recognized for its focus on exceptional customer service and product innovation.


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