The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) spent considerable time during a recent meeting discussing internet access in the north.
In a press release, FONOM’s President Danny Whalan notes the current availability of the internet in this day and age doesn’t cut it.
We know today our citizens need greater connectivity than 50/10 megabits per second,” said Whalen. “FONOM believes that the Starlink program is our best option.”
Starlink is a division of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. According to the website they aim to provide high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable.
In May, SpaceX applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a license to provide these services to Canada.
FONOM is showing its support for this license by adopting the resolution on behalf of some 110 member communities. The resolution allows the executive to reach out to other partners in support of the Starlink program.
The CRTC has yet to make a decision on the application and no time frame is available for when it may happen.