Funding for Broadband Internet set up

Funding for Broadband Internet set up

Funding is being set up for broadband internet on Cortes and Quadra Islands, as well as other relevant parts of the Strathcona Regional District.

Screenshot from map of the Strathcona Regional District taken from SRD website

Two categories 

“In essence, there are two different categories. There are communities that the Feds consider already served because they have a minimum upload and download speed. Parts of Quadra are like that and parts of Quadra are not. Cortes is not a minimum served community, therefore we can get Last Mile Funding from the Feds. Whereas areas that are considered served are not eligible, explained Cortes Island Regional Director Noba Anderson.“So in Cortes’ instance, [CityWest Cable and Telephone Corp] receives 90% of the funding required from senior levels of government.” 

The SRD is borrowing the funding to service communities considered to be well served, but in its  opinion are not well served.

The parts of Whaletown covered by the Connected Coast grant – Courtesy SRD staff report

Grant funding for Broadband Internet 

Most of Squirrel Cove, Mansons Landing, Seaford and the part of Whaletown stretching north from Gorge Harbour will receive grant funding. 

So will Bold Point, Granite Bay and Open Bay on Quadra Island and the village of Zeballos.

Bold Point area – Courtesy SRD staff report
Granite Bay area – Courtesy SRD staff report
Open Bay area – Courtesy SRD staff report
Zeballos area – Courtesy SRD staff report

“This is to bring fibre optics to people’s houses, not to the ends of people’s driveways …The intention is that this is at zero cost to the homeowner. We are running on the telephone poles, across the whole island, but getting it from the telephone pole to your house will also be at our cost. If you have telephone poles up your driveway to your house, we will run it on those, and if you have an underground buried service, we will bury it,  said Anderson.

Areas funded through a loan

The more established southern part of Quadra, along with Gold River, Tahsis, and Sayward are not eligible for grant funding. 

So the SRD has agreed to borrow up to $12,540,255 so that CityWest can build the necessary  high-speed broadband infrastructure. 

CityWest agreed to make all payments (principal and interest) for the Indebtedness.

Disbursement of Loan: 

  • $5,700,000 – Quadra Island
  • $800,000 – Tahsis; 
  • $3,000,000 – Sayward; 
  • $2,500,00 – Gold River

Top photo credit courtesy Petr Sejba of www.moneytoplist.com

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