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Council needs more information before financial contribution

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today


Northumberland County council has passed a resolution agreeing in principal to the need to improve and expand cellular networks and mobile broadband services across Eastern Ontario including the county.

Council is “willing to make a contribution” but more information is needed first, the county’s CAO Jennifer Moore said in an interview Thursday.

A breakdown of costs associated with the resolution, referring to past commitments from all of the jurisdictions in Eastern Ontario to put high-speed broadband in place, notes Northumberland paid $800,013 for the first project and an additional $619,145 is proposed to improve the mobile service and bring service to pockets where service is unavailable at this time.

“Northumberland County will support this project by making a financial contribution once the full extent of the project is determined by the federal and provincial Governments,” the resolution passed Wednesday states.

A detailed engineering analysis has already been undertaken and the project would include development of a Public Safety Broadcast Network pilot project covering Eastern Ontario “to support a national network,” the resolution also states.

Creation of the network of high speed mobile service is deemed the “region’s highest economic priority.”