The Municipal Council during a recent strategic priorities session identified the issue of bringing long term improvements to the internet backbone, and last mile infrastructure for the area as its number one priority.
“Insufficient access to high-speed internet and cellular service within the municipality has been identified as a barrier to the success of local businesses, as well as to quality of life for residents. The Municipal Council wants to ensure that the Municipality has the internet and cellular coverage and capacity to properly serve existing business and residents, and attract more to the region” says Warden Robert Parker.
In 2017, the Municipality formed an ad-hoc communications committee to identify and address communications issued faced by its residents. The Committee’s mandate is:
“To facilitate for the residents of the Municipality of the County of Pictou an accountable, affordable, and high quality telecommunications network that serves anticipated residential and commercial needs. This essential service will be fundamental to the future economic prosperity, social development and educational needs"
The Municipal Council in February 2018 agreed to partner with i-Valley Intelligent Community Association for management services for the Municipality’s rural internet and cellular initiative. I-Valley is a not for profit association comprised of Mayors, Warden, businesses, civic leaders, academia and experts from around the world. This pan-Atlantic movement is dedicated to creating regions of Smart or Intelligent Communities. I Valley was identified through a Request for Proposals call issued by the Municipality earlier this year. It is anticipated that the business case development will be completed earlier in the summer of 2018.