A City of Fredericton Free WiFi Zone
Mike Richard, Senior Project Manager and V.P. Operations.
June 22nd, 2004
The City of Fredericton
The City of Fredericton is the capital city of New Brunswick, located in the Atlantic
Provinces of Eastern Canada. The province of New Brunswick borders the State of
Maine and is a six-hour drive from Boston. The greater Fredericton area has a population
of 85,000. Fredericton is a very scenic City, heavily treed with the Saint John River
running through it. There is no industry or manufacturing to speak of in Fredericton.
The economic base is primarily the IT sector, e learning, Research and Development,
GIS, two University campuses and government. The student population expands the
population in Fredericton during the school year by approximately 12,000.
The City of Fredericton is a “Smart Community” and as such the municipality has
recognized the importance of high-speed low cost broadband. The broadband market in
Fredericton tended to be a duopoly, which resulted in relatively high prices, compared to
other near by major centers such as Halifax, Montreal or Boston. The municipality
therefore decided to become it’s own non-dominate carrier and created a not-for-profit
company called “e-Novations”. E-Novations mandate is to bring high-speed (minimum
100 Megs) low cost network to the City for government, business and Institutional use.
The result has been to bring the price of bandwidth from the highest in Eastern Canada to
the same or lower the all major Cities along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Fiber Optic Network:
The City of Fredericton, through it’s municipally owned carrier e-Novations, deployed a
Fiber optic (Dark Fiber) network to connect a number of City sites, and a number of
partner sites from the local academic and business community. All sites are connected to
a core layer 2/3, CISCO 3750 switch, which assures preferred routing at full 100 Megs
within the Community Network. All site switche