Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. Our citizens need reliable Internet access for educational purposes, for accessing government services, for operating businesses and for quality of life.
The Municipality has taken advantage of opportunities to improve services:
- Applied for and received $75,000 from the provincial government for a pilot project to construct a fixed wireless internet service in the Sweetland area. More than 80 residents are now connected to this tower, and we have gained a great deal of knowledge from this project.
- Partnered with the Province and EastLink and received Connect to Innovate funding, which will see the Municipality invest up to $246,800 in internet infrastructure.
- The Municipality also provided letters of support for two additional project applications made by other ISPs.
The Municipality’s 2018/19 budget also includes an investment in a long term strategy on how best to expand access to reliable high-speed internet.
- The plan will take into consideration the provincial government’s “Middle-Mile Strategy.”
- The plan will build on the knowledge and partnerships the Municipality has developed in pursuing the short-term opportunities (e.g. Sweetland pilot project).
An Options Report was debated at the May 15 Policy & Strategy Committee meeting, and from that discussion, a final Internet Connectivity Strategy will be developed.
As part of the research undertaken for the development of the Municipality's Internet Strategy, we partnered with the Municipality of Chester and the Region of Queens to commission a report from iValley on the feasibility of an Internet solution. This report is now available , and has been reviewed by all Councils involved. Additionally, the Province's Middle Mile Strategy is now available.
Federal Connect to Innovate Announcement
On May 11, the Federal government announced an investment of approximately $1.48 million in the Municipality. The Government of Canada is helping the communities of Baker Settlement, Hemford, Hemford Forest, Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg in Nova Scotia get online with new or improved high-speed Internet.
The Municipality will invest up to $246,800 in internet infrastructure in the work being done in Baker Settlement, Hemford and Hemford Forest. The work being done in Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg will be solely funded by the Government of Canada and EastLink.
We have created a map to identify key internet infrastructure within the Municipality. 2017 Internet Map
Orange designates no high-speed internet
Blue designates Bell Fibre
Green designates Eastlink Fibre/coaxial
Sweetland Pilot Project
Looking to sign up for the Sweetland project? Visit www.novascotiahighspeedinternet.com and click on the Sign Up button.