submitted by Jill Sturdy, Municipality of NG
On June 15, the federal government, in partnership with Ontario, announced funding to bring high speed internet to eastern Ontario – including North Grenville.
The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development, joined the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, along with Goldie Ghamari, Member of Provincial Parliament for Carleton, to announce over $71 million in combined federal and provincial funding for Bell Canada and Cogeco to bring high speed internet access to more than 22,000 homes in 74 rural communities across eastern Ontario
“We are absolutely thrilled by this announcement which will help so many more of North Grenville’s residents and businesses attain high speed internet,” emphasized Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“We know how essential improved broadband is for work, business, entertainment, and to connect with friends and family. This announcement is a crucial next step for thousands of North Grenville residents,” added Mayor Peckford.
North Grenville is part of the group of communities that will receive up to $13,700,000 that will see over 6,000 homes and businesses with increased access to high speed internet.
Bell Canada has been awarded funding to build a fibre broadband infrastructure network in North Grenville. Permits are being issued.
Mayor Peckford and municipal staff have been working on actioning the strategic priorities identified in the Broadband Study, including investigating best practices for partnerships with ISPs, meeting with ISPs to better determine their needs, providing letters of support for funding, informing residents about community builds, and bettering communications regarding broadband initiatives.
Residents who wish to run speed tests are encouraged to use the following website: https://performance.cira.ca/. This information is used by the federal government to inform mapping and funding decisions.
Ontario launched a new interactive online map that shows where provincially funded high speed internet projects are planned, are currently under way or have been recently completed in communities across the Province. Ontarians can use the map to search by address, community or municipality, learn about projects happening in their area, and find out where high speed internet service is currently available.
In 2022, Xplore was awarded funding to build broadband infrastructure in North Grenville. Permits are being issued.
Rogers announced a community build in October 2021 and permits are being issued.