High Speed Internet in Tiny: Voice your support to increase equal access to CRTC broadband funding

FoTTSA supports SWIFT’s appeal to the CRTC to reverse their decision on deciding which areas are available for government funding based on the criteria outlined in their appeal. SWIFT is working on our behalf to fix the broken system in Ontario and improve the infrastructure. At the moment in Tiny, property owners south of concession 11 of Tiny Beaches Road North have Roger’s high speed service but north of that there is only expensive, poor service satellite and slow, unreliable cell-based service.

SWIFT (SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc) is a not-for-profit, collective broadband initiative that is funding the construction of an affordable, open-access, ultra-high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region. For more information, please click here

CRTC has invited written submission for comments from interested individuals and organizations on the issues related to SWIFT’s application to review and vary Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2018-377 (Development of the Commission’s Broadband Fund).  Numbers make all the difference so please add your voice and encourage your friends and neighbours in Tiny to do the same before the deadline on February 8th.

Here’s how:

  • Open the dedicated CRTC Comment online form
  • Click the box to agree to the privacy statement at the bottom of the first page
  • On the next page that opens, add your comments in the box or copy/paste SWIFT’s suggestion:

I support the recommendations made by SWIFT in the appeal to the CRTC to help ensure all underserved Canadians have access to broadband funding include:

  • Redefine service area boundaries and allow areas that are lacking access to meet the Commission’s “basic service” (50/10) thresholds as eligible to apply for funding.
  • Allow lower levels of government and underserved communities to provide other evidence such as standardized Internet measurements to demonstrate their needs and therefore eligibility to apply.
  • Reconsider that in “partially served” areas market forces are not “likely” to improve connectivity anytime soon.
  • At a minimum, allow underserved areas in “partially served” zones to be eligible to apply as part of larger projects to incentives private sector participation.

 

  • Fill in your name, address and contacts below that and tick the boxes required.
  • Click Submit.