With the increasing demand for new applications, consumers and businesses are consuming bandwidth at an ever increasing rate. To respond, local governments across the country are owning and operating broadband infrastructure and networks. Traditionally a service provided by the private sector, local governments are being asked to provide leadership and innovation, and leverage Broadband opportunities to bring greater economic diversity, resiliency, and prosperity to their communities. The PRRD Connectivity Strategy is based on a collective vision from Electoral Areas B, C, D and E, and the City of Dawson Creek, District of Chetwynd, District of Taylor, District of Hudson’s Hope, and the Village of Pouce Coupe.
The minimum target speed set by the CRTC for Canadians is 50 megabits per second (mbps) download with a 10 mbps upload, however, connectivity demands are expected to continue to increase beyond the “50/10 mbps target” due to the rapidly changing nature of information and communications technology. Despite multiple grant funding programs being developed to upgrade or establish broadband infrastructure, the challenges to connect are still an obstacle for many residents. To overcome this divide, local governments must take an active role in the deployment of Broadband Infrastructure in their communities.