Sault Ste Marie’s Ward 5 councillors say the ability to connect to broadband Internet is an issue of equal access and equal opportunity.
At the August 10 Sault Ste Marie city council meeting, councillors passed a motion to submit an application to Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, or CENGN, for a pilot project to support the deployment of a next-generation broadband network in Ward 5.
“I think that this opportunity with CENGN is an excellent opportunity to help with Broadband connectivity in our community, specifically in Ward 5,” says councillor Corey Gardi. “When it comes to learning there is no question that high-speed internet access is a must, especially in the midst of this pandemic and some families opting to learn from home.”
Councillor Matthew Scott says access to faster and better Internet is something he’s wanted for Ward 5 since first joining council. “Having access to fast and reliable internet is a necessity in today’s world and one that I believe we will bring to the underserviced residents of Ward 5.”
Gardi adds that he would also like to see some movement from senior levels of government on the broadband issue. “I am hopeful that both the Province and the Federal Government will execute their respective plans for Broadband connectivity in rural and remote areas,” he said, “both are long overdue.”
The administration says there is no cost to the city connected with the application itself and that no additional costs are anticipated in the future.
By: Mike McDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter