Chatham-Kent Economic Development Seeks Business Input into Fibre Internet

Chatham-Kent Economic Development is looking for input from businesses across Chatham-Kent on their needs for accessing fibre Internet. Through an online survey which is open to all businesses, Economic Development is hoping to develop a list of hotspots which can help inform decisions about where to place future investments into fibre.

“We are looking to understand how to best create a strong fibre network that can serve as a backbone to our growing technology sector in Chatham-Kent” said Stuart McFadden, Acting Director, Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services. “This is an opportunity for local businesses to have direct input into identifying the hotspots in the community and helping to make our region an even better place to invest.”

In addition to improved Internet upload and download speeds, there are many advantages to fibre Internet such as improved reliability, more stable connections, higher bandwidth caps, lower latency speeds, and enhanced security. These advantages provide businesses with new opportunities when it comes to building technology-based solutions into their companies.

The survey, which will be available until noon on Thursday, July 19, 2018, can be found online at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/EconomicDevelopment

 

Additional Details:

  1. At the June 25, 2018 Chatham-Kent Council meeting, Chatham-Kent Council approved the following motion:

Teksavvy – WHEREAS Teksavvy Solutions Inc. (“Teksavvy”) proposes to build fibre-based telecommunications facilities throughout Chatham-Kent; AND WHEREAS it is an objective of the Municipality, and this elected Mayor and Council, that high-speed fibre internet connectivity be publicly accessible through the Municipality of Chatham-Kent; I, Councillor Derek Robertson, hereby make the following motion for immediate voting: That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between the Municipality and Teksavvy for the development of fibre-based telecommunications facilities throughout Chatham-Kent, with Teksavvy investing up to $26 million over 18 months and the Municipality investing $6.5 million, previously set aside for the “connect to innovate” program, towards “open access” fibre facilities to be built in Chatham-Kent.

  1. Learn more about Chatham-Kent Economic Development on our website: https://www.chatham-kent.ca/business/economic-development

For More Information Contact:

Stuart McFadden
Acting Director, Economic Development Services
Email: stuartm@chatham-kent.ca

Phone: 519-351-7700

 

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