HNCEA – Broadband Advisory Committee Looking for Members

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Do you have a poor to non-existent broadband connection?

Are you concerned that unreliable access to broadband for education, health care, family connections, and other important matters will leave you disenfranchised?

Have you become frustrated with the big telecommunications companies and the empty promises by the Provincial and Federal Governments regarding broadband?

The United Nations has determined that access to broadband is a basic human right and the CRTC has declared broadband to be a basic service.  Despite these declarations, many in the Huron North Area lack such access to broadband or have poor internet services – this must change!

The HNCEA has created a Broadband Advisory Committee (BAC) to advise the HNCEA Board of Directors to pursue the needs, voids, and gaps regarding broadband in our region. The HNCEA has a working relationship with the Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre to seek their professional expertise.

In anticipation of a bright future, HNCEA is seeking your support. HNCEA is currently recruiting up to ten (10) interested people from across the Huron North Area to participate in the BAC.

MANDATE of the BAC

  • Provide advice to the HNCEA Board of Directors on establishing and/or enhancing broadband initiatives or any relating infrastructure investment in the Huron North Area.
  • Build relationships with existing broadband providers such as Bell, Rogers, and Explornet to enhance and/or establish broadband connectivity for all sectors and residents in the Huron North Area.
  • Share all findings and make recommendations to the HNCEA Board of Directors.

APPOINTMENTS

An individual who wishes to be considered for appointment to the BAC must submit their interest and qualifications by email to [email protected]. All applicants will be informed of their status via email.

The committee members are appointed by the HNCEA Board of Directors, until the mandate of the BAC is satisfied or until, in the case of a vacancy, a successor is appointed.

There are no qualifications, but preference will be given to those who have a proven background or interest in information technology, telecommunications, finance, municipal and First Nation policy, economic development, or project management.

Interested individuals with questions can call Edith Orr, Chairperson at 705-541-1886 or Chris Wray at 705-914-0551.

ABOUT THE HNCEA

The Huron North Community Economic Alliance (HNCEA) is a regional not-for-profit corporation working with its’ First Nation and municipal members to support economic development initiatives along the north shore of Lake Huron.