Part of the community broadband plans include laying new underwater cables to different communities. Photo courtesy Strathcona Regional District

Strathcona Regional District community broadband plans are a roadmap for connectivity

Seven communities within SRD are part of Connected Coast program

Community broadband Internet plans for seven communities involved in last year’s Strathcona Regional District planning forums are now available online.

The regional district held the forums in June 2019 in Cortes Island, Gold River, Kyuoquot, Quadra Island, Sayward, Tahsis and Zeballos.

“Improved broadband connectivity for rural and remote communities has been a strategic priority of the SRD for several years,” said SRD Board Chair Michele Babchuk. “There is a significant gap between broadband service levels and affordability in urban areas versus rural areas in British Columbia. In fact, many communities within the SRD do not meet basic service levels, if they have any service at all.”

The new plans hope to address that gap. They include both technical details that are unique to each community, as well as what the community members stand to gain from increased connectivity. The plans act as a kind of snapshot for developers to see what is needed and where each community currently stands.

Though each community’s list of priorities is different based on the opinions of the residents present at the workshops, some common threads include increased healthcare potential, attracting more young families, increased tourism and improved emergency management and notifications.

The SRD’s community broadband project is part of the Connected Coast project, which looks to bring more accessibility and connectivity to over 150 remote communities along the coast.

Each of the community broadband plans are available on the SRD website.

RELATED: Strathcona Regional District takes next step with Connected Coast community sessions

Strathcona Regional District creates corporation to oversee Connected Coast

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Internet and Telecom

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Campbell River fruit tree project carries on despite pandemic

More volunteers wanted for Greenways’ initiative

Downtown storm drain repair will begin on August 10 in Campbell River

Starting Monday, drivers and pedestrians will expect minor delays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m

What does the nearly $10 million RCMP contract get the people of Campbell River?

Despite discussion around police funding, response techniques and use of force, the… Continue reading

Campbellton … A River Runs Through

Campbell River neighbourhood celebrates ongoing revitalization

Over 90 Campbell Riverites cycling to raise funds for kids cancer research

Cyclists will be raising funds until end of August

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

U’mista Cultural Centre will host a native art contest to raise funds for artists

All artists of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw descent are being called to participate in the contest to be held on August 28

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Most Read