Photo from pixabay.com

Clearwater County looking to improve Internet service

Better Internet and cellphone service seen as crucial for economic development

Clearwater County has set aside $10 million for a broadband Internet project.

“A vast majority of Clearwater County residents and businesses are underserved, and rural areas of Clearwater County do not meet the basic CRTC standards for broadband connectivity,” said Vandermeer, who called Internet an essential service.

“Economic diversity, sustainability and innovation are essential to Clearwater County’s growth and we require Internet infrastructure necessary to achieve that success.”

Money for a broadband project was redirected from reserves.

It is part of the county $47.9-million operating and $39.6-million capital budgets approved late last month.

County acting chief administrative officer Rick Emmons said Internet access has long been an issue in the county. He lives about five km east of Rocky Mountain House and gets terrible Internet and phone service.

“It really depends on where you’re located. There are other areas where it’s a non-issue.”

The money could go towards installing the infrastructure necessary to give residents fast and reliable Internet service.

Council is now working on a policy framework, including an assessment of all of the logistics necessary and whether the county would own the infrastructure.

Emmons said council sees improving Internet access as critical for economic development.

The county is developing the Nordegg area and marketing consultants have told the municipality that improving Internet connections is critical to attract new residents and businesses.

For many people, their phone is their computer and improving that service is just as important.

The county wants to hear from its residents before it embarks on any major Internet project.

“Council is currently discussing public engagement and what that looks like, a business plan and what that looks like, a policy framework and what that looks like.

“All those answers are truly going to guide the process behind it,” he said.



pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Town of Sylvan Lake takes over provincial park

Provincial government announced official transfer of park to town on Thursday

Red Deer Lowe’s welcomes shoppers

Grand opening giveaways all weekend

Olds father charged for alleged sexual offences on child

Child porn and sexual assault among charges

Nordegg gas station broken into

RCMP says thousands of dollars worth of goods taken in Tuesday break-in

Red Deer man says more cardiac care needed here

Ryan Gillies spent several extra days in hospital waiting to get a stent in Edmonton

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Got milk? Highway reopened near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Stettler’s newest residents overcame fear, bloodshed to come here

Daniel Kwizera, Diane Mukasine and kids now permanent residents

Giddy up: Red Deer to host Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2018

The CFR is expected to bring $20-30 million annually to Red Deer and region

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag at Pyeongchang Olympics

Not since Kurt Browning at the 1994 Lillehammer Games has a figure… Continue reading

Beer Canada calls on feds to axe increasing beer tax as consumption trends down

OTTAWA — A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month