During the election I spent a lot of time speaking with residents and hearing their concerns. One issue that repeatedly arose was the lack of reliable, fast internet throughout Douro Dummer Township. As somebody who often works from home, I understand the pain and frustration that many of our residents and businesses feel.

A reliable internet connection is a necessity. Recently the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released a proposal for a national broadband strategy, which focuses on three pillars:

  1. Clear standards and timelines to achieve the CRTC’s speed targets for fixed broadband (50/10 Mbps upload/download), and a new target for rural mobile access
  2. Long-term, predictable funding for broadband and mobile Internet in rural, remote and northern communities – so local governments can plan for reliable service
  3. Affordable and accessible Internet in rural communities matching that of big cities – guaranteeing access to the hardest-to-serve populations

This proposal calls for the federal government to invest at least $400 million per year over 10 years.

FCM goes on to say that

  • 2 million Canadians cannot access a reliable Internet connection
  • 13% of rural households with Internet can’t even access 5 Mbps download speeds
  • 39% of rural communities report no access to download speeds between 25-50 Mbps

This is important to me as it is an issue for our residents. Equally, our ability to grow and remain competitive is significantly impacted by the lack of reliable, fast Internet in Douro Dummer Township. Our Mayor and newly installed County Warden is working hard with other municipalities to advance this. I am fully supportive of his efforts and will do what I can to provide input.

You too can help.