Starlink’s Northern Ontario high-speed internet application gets boost

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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.

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  1. The hold up at the CRTC would be the people like Deplornet and Bell making their case to keep Starlink out and then not give us who live in rural areas a damn thing but more promises. If you want action send multiple letters to your MPP and MP. I have sent letters and they didn’t even know Starlink was a thing. I asked them to stop giving millions to these telcos and just let Starlink invest. The governments in this country have handed out millions to the telcos for rural broadband and all we ended up with was crap.

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