Whose job is it to provide dependable, affordable internet?
“You could argue forever about whose responsibility that is,” said Allen Webber, warden for the Municipality of Chester.
He added the answer is complex but the incentive to improve Internet speeds across the South Shore is clear: connectivity equals opportunity.
And right now, municipal governments across the region are working to capitalize on quality Internet, which would open up more business, immigration and educational opportunities.
The problem is there’s a level of politics in providing the Web to a large area but a small population.
MODL Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson noted the municipality has made Internet a priority but can’t make meet the CRTC’s minimum 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload speeds without help.
“This is a project which municipalities cannot solve on their own,” she said.
“We want to make sure whatever service we put in place, it has the capacity to be expandable.”
Ninety per cent of the country is expected to meet the CRTC’s standards by 2021.