Current Initiatives & Advocacy
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.
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 Survey the Township ran from mid July to mid October.
We will continue to collect data and internet performance tests through a shorter survey:
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.
If you wish to run only a speed test:
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
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
Councillor Cathy Keane, Chair
Mayor Harry Hughes, ExOfficio
Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough, Council Member/Economic Development Roundtable Representative
Donna Hewitt, Director of Corporate Services
Harold Daynard, Manager of IT
Jennifer Whitley, Economic Development & Communications Advisor