Newmarket residents got fiber-optic internet for the first time since TelMAX bought the formerly town-owned provider last fall.
TelMAX has since connected its first fiber Internet customer. purchase ENVI, the Internet service provider in the town of Newmarket, last fall.
Adam Reinhardt, who lives in the Leslie Valley Drive area, called to inquire about TelMAX as soon as he saw the billboards all over town. He happened to be the first caller and the first customer to connect.
“I’ve never been a first customer before,” he said. “But we are happy to be our first customer and support a small local business.”
He’s been hooking up since Friday, and so far he’s said, “I think it’s exactly what we expected and even exceeded.
TelMAX CEO Stuart Roberts visited Reinhardt’s home to celebrate its first local customer.
“It’s a really exciting day for us and I hope it’s going to be a big day for Newmarket. We have a lot of work to do,” he said.
This Internet service provider is a big investment for the Stouffville-based company and requires a lot of work to physically access it. Laying an optical fiber line in the ground.
However, according to Mayor John Taylor, the investment has significantly accelerated the project. He said the town will launch ENVI in 2018 to power the economy and provide residents with faster internet. The TelMAX acquisition has extended the project timeline by several years, he said.
This is especially important, Taylor said, as demand for a better internet has increased recently.
“Coincidentally, in the midst of all this, people have started working from home en masse, making the importance of high-speed fiber to home more important than ever,” he said.
He also added that there was a lot of discussion in the news and among Canadians about the need for selection in the sector.
“This offers Newmarket residents opportunities they don’t get to experience anywhere else,” said Taylor.
He also attended to celebrate our first customer and said it was very exciting to see this economic development and infrastructure support for the town.
“That makes it very real. We’ve been having discussions and negotiations with TelMAX for quite some time…to see this now, ideas and theories come to life and to Newmarket residents Seeing these conversations around the table about delivering value is very exciting,” he said.
Work is underway to install fiber lines and connect more customers across Newmarket. Roberts said a door-to-door sales team will come when work is completed in each area for residents who want to sign on. Alternatively, residents can connect to TelMAX at any time and become an early adopter of the service.