About Nor-Del Cablevision Limited

Founder and Establishment

Glenn Baxter recieved his CRTC licence to construct a cable system servicing Norwich, Otterville and Delhi in 1979. Soon after acquired property for headend and office space at 17 Stover St. South in Norwich. The system was built with 300MHz active equipment and a coaxial super trunk linking the three communities to the headend.

As the use of fibre optics for broadband transmission of television signals became more economical, the super trunk between the communities was replaced with a fibre link. After the three communities were serviced, an opportunity for future growth was presented through the availablity of the licence to provide service to the city of Nanticoke. The communities of Port Dover and Waterford were then linked with fibre optics to a headend share with Clearview cable (now Amtelecom) in Simcoe. With increasing demand for the High Speed Internet service, it was necessary to improve efficiency and a system of remote, unattended headends linked to our Otterville headend. This was established with the addition of a multiple fibre cable to Waterford and elmination of our use of the Simcoe headend.

Following the introduction of High Speed Internet, television viewing choices were increased through the introduction of digital audio, radio and television signals delivered to our headend, via "Hits Qt". Additional to the expansion in Nor-Del Cablevision Limited's entertainment services, the High Speed Internet service was extended to the rural residents, having line of sight access within a 25km radius, to our tower. This was achieved by adding four transeivers to the top of our tower & acquiring spectrum in Industry Canada licenced band of 3.4 to 3.7 GHz. For wireless distribution of internet services.

Immediate future plans will see the addition and improvement in quality of entertainment services through the installation of an "in house" conditional access system for digital distribution of video & audio services provided by Nor-Del Cablevision Limited.

Nor-Del Cablevision Limited has been asked to be a Canadian showcase for the application of an established manufacturer's system for small and intermediate sized cable systems. Nor-Del Cablevision is a family owned and operated cable television system, with offices and studio located at 296 Main St. E in Otterville. The company employs eight full time staff plus three temporary and has been in operation since 1979. The ever changing technological nature of the cable industry has meant continuous upgrading of facilities providing uninterupted employment for all.

Past Experience

  • Graduate of Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute (1953).
  • Graduate of Ryerson Institute of Technology as an Engineering Technologist (1956).
  • Manager of Broadcast Products, Group Northern Electric (now Nor-Tel). Belleville group, designed & installed television studios & master control video/audio switching systems for tv stations, coast to coast in Canada & U.S.. Including design of first fully automated master control audio/video & machine control system.
  • Researcher, Bell/Northern research labs, Ottawa Ontario. Proved theory of linear relationship between diode junction current and light (exposure & emission) for a flat screen t.v. pick-up and display transducer.
  • General sales manager, Delta Electronics Rexdale Ontario. Responsible for design and sale of cable tv products in Canada and the U.S..
  • General manager (three companies) Beaver Electronics, Noram Communications, Connector Craft. Oversaw all operations of three companies involved in manufacture of antennas, electronic devices, connectors for the cable television industry, construction and maintenance of cable television systems.
  • Founder/President of Tek-Tap Limited in Mississauga and Brampton Ontario. Designed and manufactured passive devices for the cable television industry. Consultant for the design and construction of cable television systems.

Association, Business & Community Involvement

  • Past Director & President Ontario Cable Telecommunications Association.
  • Past Director & Vice Chairman Canadian Cable Television Association.
  • Supporter at Founder level ($25,000.00) Norwich Medical Centre.
  • Supporter of Norwich Merchants, Norwich Minor Hockey, Figure Skating and Soccer Programs.
  • Supporter of Oxford County Crime Stoppers with Nancy Baxter serving as a director.
  • Supporter of the Nor-Del Arena at Gold Member Level ($100,000.000).

The Staff

Glenn Baxter, Donald & Nancy Baxter, Brian Baxter, Mark Baxter, Ken Baxter, Mark Morris, Charlie Anderson and Brenda Novakowski are full time employees. Rick Baxter is assisting with temporary requirements. Blair Baxter is the designer of the Nor-Del Cablevision Limited website and assists with IT solutions. Velma Baxter is secretary treasurer of the company and played an active part in the early years of operation.