Nexicom COVID-19 News

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19

March 19, 2020

Attention valued Nexicom customers,

At Nexicom, the health and welfare of our community, and our family of employees is of the utmost importance.

In light of the recent developments concerning COVID-19, Nexicom has made the decision to support social distancing by closing its public storefronts until further notice. In addition, we have taken the appropriate steps to facilitate our staff to work from home whenever possible.

At this time, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some key points:

  • Though our stores and offices will be closed to the public, we are still available to you for any inquiries you may have or technical support you may need. Our Customer Service & Help Desk teams will continue to be accessible to you via phone at (705) 775-6394, and email at customerservice@nexicom.net and support@nexicom.net to support you as required. We are continuing business as usual with a few modifications to do our part in protecting both our employees and the public. 
  • We are 100% committed to serving our customers and will do our utmost to support you in your residential and business Internet, Television, Telephone, and Security needs. You will continue to be able to access all of your services, including SmartHub. https://nexicom.smarthub.coop/Login.html
  • Many of our TV channels are offering free previews to help you navigate this time. You can now enjoy free previews of the Food Network, Crime & Investigation, History, Showcase, Lifetime, HGTV, Nickelodeon, Treehouse, National Geographic, Disney, and many more. Please note that CP24 and CTV Channel News will be available for free preview until further notice. For a full list of all channels please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nexicom/ or our website at www.nexicom.net
  • We encourage responsible usage during this time. In the coming weeks, more people will be working from home and practicing social distancing, leading to higher volumes and overall Internet usage. It’s important to be considerate of your neighbours and communities, especially in times like these. If possible, try to reduce the time you spend online for non-work related purposes.
  • We understand many people rely on the Internet to get their information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure you can stay connected we have already increased our Internet bandwidth capacity in the communities we serve, and will continue to monitor and increase as needed.
  • Our technicians are now entering homes and businesses if our customers pass the pre-screening questions, and proper distancing and appropriate PPE will be worn. 
  • For hardware pick up, return or exchange, you can do so at our Millbrook office located at 5 King St. We have set up a drop/pick up area to respect social distancing as the office is closed to the public. Be sure to attach a piece of paper with your name and address so we can adjust your account. If you are unable to get to Millbrook, we can make arrangements to ship it to you.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to utilize our e-billing and online payment options. As our stores and offices will be closed to the public until further notice, it will not be possible to pay your bill in-person. You can eliminate the need for face-to-face contact when receiving and paying bills by choosing e-billing and paying online. This can be done via your own online banking or by setting up Pre-Authorized Payments. You can find more information about how to set up a Nexicom E-Billing account via SmartHub or by calling our friendly, local Customer Service team at (705) 775-6394.
  • All upcoming Nexicom events are postponed until further notice. We consider the interests of all customers and stakeholders in every decision and are confident that the choice to reschedule our events for the future is in everyone’s best interest. Please note that this does include the postponement of all current job postings.
  • You can expect to hear from us as soon as updates become available. We believe in consistent and honest communication built on a foundation of integrity and respect and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that you are kept in the loop as the situation evolves.

We understand that these decisions may cause inconveniences and we apologize for that. In over 120 years of operation, Nexicom has faced numerous challenges, but this situation is unique. As such, we are in uncharted territory and are committed to doing everything we can to minimize the impact to you our customer.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging time in our communities, both locally and globally.

A big thank you to our employees, who have worked long and hard to ensure that we are in the best position we can possibly be to manage the impact of COVID-19 in our communities. We are proud to have such dedicated, caring people working at Nexicom.

We look forward to connecting with you face-to-face again one day soon.

Until then, take care of yourselves and of each other.

Best regards,

Clayton Zekelman

President, Nexicom Inc.


COVID-19 Free Channels

At Nexicom our primary concern is for the health and welfare of the people in the communities that we serve. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Nexicom will be making the following television channels available for a limited time, to all of our television service customers at no charge. WHERE TECHNOLOGY PERMITS.

  • American Heroes Channel #555 (Until June 1)
  • Animal Planet - Channel #253 (June 2 to July 9)
  • BBC World News - Channel #501 (Until May 12)
  • CBC News Network - Channel #234 (Until June 30)
  • CNN - Channel #500 (Until June 30)
  • CP24 - Channel #232 & #509 (Until August 31)
  • CTV Comedy - Channel #213 (June 18 to July 23)
  • CTV Life Channel Channel #581 (June 2 to July 9)
  • CTV News - Channel #246 (Until June 30)
  • Discovery Velocity - Channel #279 (June 10 to July 8)
  • Documentary Channel - Channel #513 (Until May 31)
  • FX - Channel #257 (Until May 11)
  • ICI RDI - Channel #221 (Until May 31)
  • Investigation Discovery - Channels #255 (May 13 to June 10)
  • ONE: Get Fit - Channel #575 (Until May 31)
  • Rewind - Channel #623 (Until July 31)
  • Silver Screen Classics - Channel #624 (Until July 31)
  • Sportsman Channel - Channel #458 (Until May 31)
  • TLC Channel #272 (Until June 1)

We hope you enjoy these uplifting programs, and wish good health to all.

If you have questions regarding this free view please contact our friendly Customer Service department at (705) 775-6394.


Watch out for COVID-19 fraud in these stressful times

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says these are the types of scams you should watch out for:

Private companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale.

  • Only hospitals can perform the tests.
  • No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results.

Consumers are purchasing large amounts of products and reselling them at higher prices. These products may be:

  • Expired.
  • Of lower quality.
  • Dangerous to your health.

Fraudsters have been going door-to-door offering fake decontamination services.
Fraudsters may urge you to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease.
Fraudsters are sending phishing, spear phishing and other malicious email campaigns. that capitalize on the public's fears about COVID-19.
Fraudsters are creating fraudulent and deceptive online ads. These ads may offer:

  • Cleaning products.
  • Hand sanitizers.
  • Other items in high demand (water, vitamins, first aid supplies).

Here's how to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Beware of false or misleading information.
  • Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance questions.
  • Beware of high-priced or low-quality products.
  • Beware of unsolicited medical advisory emails with links or attachments.
  • Fraudsters may spoof the information of government and health care organizations.
  • Beware of: miracle cures, herbal remedies, or other questionable offers, such as vaccinations, faster tests, etc.
  • Beware of unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims or research.
  • Don't be pressured into making a donation.
  • Verify that a charity is registered.
  • If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

The Government of Canada says that there are reports of fraudulent calls that appear from the #COVID19 Info Service at 1-833-784-4397. They are warning Canadians not to give out any personal information unless you initiated the call. Again, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre if you receive one of these calls.

BE SAFE EVERYONE!

Team Nexicom