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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Connect Oro-Medonte - Internet

High-speed internet access is increasingly important in everyday life, whether it’s required for school, business or even entertainment. The Township recognizes that many residents & businesses have inadequate​ access to what is now considered a basic service. Canada's telecom regulator (CRTC) has declared that high-speed intern​et is now​ a basic service, just like a current landline/telephone.​

#ConnectOroMedonte The Township of Oro-Medonte with the help of the Internet Connectivity Task Force, are very excited for the opportunities that have been presented for expansion of high speed internet in the municipality. As a result of SWIFT funding, and independent actions of Internet Service Providers(ISP) high speed internet access is being expanded in several areas of the Township connecting more residents and businesses, this includes fibre installation and new towers. To see the areas of expansion and learn more about the projects see the "New Information Section" on this page or in the drop down "Current Initiatives & Advocacy". 

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Current Initiatives & Advocacy

The Township is working in partnership with the University of Guelph's Regional & Rural Broadband Project.
HIGH SPEED INTERNET ​PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

Other Available Funding​​​

Staff continues ongoing work with local Internet Service Providers(ISP) and advocating on behalf of the residents and businesses with the Municipality with various levels of government. 
Click on the How You Can Help tab to learn more about the Community Internet Survey. 

Mandated by federal legislation, all telecommunication tower installations must be submitted to the municipality. Municipal review of telecommunication towers and antennas is governed by the Township’s Protocol for Telecommunication Towers supported by Council in March 2005. The municipal consultation process is part of the requirements by ISED in the approval of telecommunication facilities. The undertaking of telecommunication facilities is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal government. The provisions of the Ontario Planning Act and municipal bylaws and regulations do not apply to Federal undertakings. While the consultation process allows local land use authorities and the public to have input in proposals of telecommunication facilities, local authorities do not have the power to approve or disapprove the location or construction of such facilities. ISED is the ultimate approval authority of such facilities under the Radio-Communication Act.  

The Township of Oro-Medonte has recieved the following requests for towers locations in 2020-2021:

  • 1090 Warminster Sideroad (Xplornet)
  • 16 Taras Blvd (Bell)
  • 985 Line 7 South (Bell)
  • 4171 Line 11 North (Bell)
  • 4917 Line 4 North (Xplornet)
  • 6331 Line 3 North (Bell) 

Each telecommunications tower is a critical part of the ongoing efforts to #ConnectOroMedonte. To stay up-to-date with the installation of telecommunication towers, review upcoming Township Council agendas – available here: https://oromedonte.civicweb.net/Portal/

To inquire about the purpose of each telecommunication tower and how this may affect your connectivity, please contact the Internet Service Provider that owns the tower.

How You Can Help - Survey

Thank you to businesses and residents, there were over 900 responses through the long form Community Internet Surve​y the Township ran from mid July to mid October. 

We will continue to collect data and internet performance tests through a shorter survey: 
If you wish to run only a speed test:
 The data collected though the surveys will form a crucial component for the advocay and looking for opportunities for funding and working with the Internet Service Providers.

MEDIA RELEASE - Original Survey

SWIFT also has an ongoing Survey - if you are interested in providing feedback to this initiative as well.​

Since 2016, information is being collected by the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative, which is working in collaboration with the University of Guelph's R2B2 (Regional and Rural Broadband) project.

If you have completed the SWIFT survey in previous years, they request you to consider doing so again so that change over time can be measured. This includes the recent need for residential and business internet access that you may have experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Survey links: https://swiftruralbroadband.ca/resources/r2b2-survey/

Internet Service Providers

​In rural areas of the Township land-line/Fibre based Internet service options can be limited, challenges seem to be found in areas with less population density. This can also not only mean limited options, but it can also be cost prohibitive and issues with hills and forested terrain add additional challenges.  Internet access in these areas are mainly through wireless connections.  To assist residents in finding Internet connectivity options that may be available in rural areas of the Township, the municipality has gathered publicly available information about options from the following providers who provide service in the Township:

*If you are a service provider and don't see your information on the list please contact the Township. 

The Township is continuing to gather information to share with our residents and businesses that will include more information about what Internet Service Providers(ISPs) are available in Oro-Medonte. 

Internet Connectivity Task Force

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​​Mandate

To identify broadband initiatives and to advance the goals of the Economic Development Strategy specific to internet, including; exploring mechanisms and best practices of how to facilitate high-speed internet expansion in the Township. The Internet Connectivity Task Force (ICTF) will provide feedback to staff who will share information to Council & the Economic Development Roundtable.​

For more information please see the Mandate & Guidelines​ PDF

Members of The Task Force

​COUNCIL

Councillor Cathy Keane, Chair

Mayor Harry Hughes, ExOfficio 

Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough, Council Member/Economic Development Roundtable Representative

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Ilia Maor

Jeremy Pollard

Keith Tyndall

Tony Abi-Jaoude

Wayne Kibbler

STAFF

Donna Hewitt, Director of Corporate Services

Harold Daynard, Manager of IT

Jennifer Whitley, Economic Development & Communications Coordinator