Who We Are
Internet Papineau is a non-profit community Internet service provider in the Outaouais region, namely the Papineau RCM, the neighbouring municipalities of Ange-Gardien and Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, and the Ontario side of the Ottawa River.
Internet Papineau’s main goal is to reduce the negative impact of the digital divide that exists in the Petite-Nation region by providing high-speed, low-cost Internet access to residents, businesses, and companies in the territory.
To offer a local high-speed Internet service centred on customer relations in line with the social, educational, and economic development perspective for the region’s residents and economic stakeholders.
As a non-profit organization, Internet Papineau is committed to reinvesting every dollar earned in its service and in extending its network in order to provide isolated households the opportunity to enjoy a high-speed Internet service. Our organization also aims to establish itself as a technological company in rural areas by way of our active participation in the development of the community and the creation of quality local jobs.
A Brief History
In 2005, faced with the challenge of securing service agreements from large telecommunications companies, the Papineau RCM took action and created its own high-speed Internet network. By participating in the “Connected Villages” program, the Papineau RCM, along with the Coeur-des-Vallées and Western Quebec school boards, got their own interconnected fibre-optic network that connects municipal buildings, schools, and libraries.
This union gave birth to Internet Papineau, a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop and implement a high-speed telecommunications network for residential and commercial customers in the territory.
Internet Papineau was founded 2007 and is committed to maintaining control over its strategic orientations and owning all its equipment. The territory encompasses 26 municipalities, 24 in the Papineau RCM and 2 in the Collines RCM, and covers over 3,000 km2, with just over 24,000 inhabitants.
The organization became fully autonomous in 2013 when it split from Xittel, a company with whom it was associated for the implementation of its infrastructure. The organization is therefore responsible for both its management and operations. This change was both eye opening and beneficial to the organization, and the importance of this decision continues to be felt today.
The organization’s future resides in developing its multidisciplinary expertise, its versatility, and its ability to adapt. Internet Papineau’s success is a direct reflection of the region’s success, which is dependent on the strength and talent of its citizens and their commitment to the development and sustainability of their community.