Internet in the Municipality
Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. Our citizens need reliable Internet access for educational purposes, for accessing government services, for operating businesses and for quality of life.
On June 26, 2018 Council approved the Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy . This strategy will guide funding and project decisions related to Internet within the Municipality, and will see MODL invest up to $500,000 in Internet projects each year, together with provincial, federal and ISP partners.
In July 2018, the province made Develop Nova Scotia, a Crown Corporation, responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to improve Internet access for Nova Scotians without reliable high-speed Internet. The Province also set aside $192 Million to invest in better Internet. Their goal is high-speed Internet reaching a minimum of 95% of Nova Scotians. Our Council recently received an update from staff on the progress being made on Develop Nova Scotia's work, and how MODL is working to ensure we receive funding for projects in our area. Read the update or Learn more about Develop Nova Scotia.
We're happy to see better Internet will be coming to Caledonia, Chelsea, New Germany and New Ross as part of Develop Nova Scotia's mandate to improve Internet in the province. We look forward to future announcements for other under-served areas in the municipality. Read the February 2020 announcement from Develop Nova Scotia . Read the latest updates from Develop Nova Scotia.
Projects to Date
Council is pursuing multiple avenues for expanding internet service, with a total investment of $3,791,000 expected over the next two years, affecting up to 2,000 residents:
New Germany: We're happy to see better Internet will be coming to Caledonia, Chelsea, New Germany and New Ross as part of Develop Nova Scotia's mandate to improve Internet in the province. Read the February 2020 announcement from Develop Nova Scotia .
TNC Wireless: Two new Internet towers are coming to the Municipality that will provide fixed wireless internet services for Big Tancook Island, and for areas surrounding the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Facility through TNC Wireless. The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre tower is complete, with 40 connections to date. The Big Tancook Island tower was delayed due to construction issues, but is expected to be completed in November of 2019. TNC offers uncapped packages with speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 25Mbps.
TNC Wireless: A second project is the result of a partnerships with TNC Wireless and the Federal Government to bring a new uncapped fixed wireless Internet solution to the northern areas of the Municipality. The new service will see up to nine towers to serve the communities of Newcombville, Chelsea, Elmwood, Union Square, Walden, Nineveh, North River, Parkdale and Butler Lake. The project is expected to take three years to complete. Of the $2.15 million total program cost, the Municipality is contributing up to $193,857, with the Federal Government and TNC Wireless Ltd. providing the rest of the investment. As the project progresses, TNC Wireless will post a coverage map and construction information on their website at http://www.tncwireless.ca/
TNC Projects Update
Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre tower is complete. Connections: 43
Newcombville Tower up and running, working on connecting homes. Connections: 12
Chelsea Tower up and running, working on connecting homes. Connections: 9
Tancook Island Tower - up and running, working on connecting homes. Connections: 17
Five other towers have sites identified and in the process for approval.
Eastlink: The Government of Canada is helping the communities of Baker Settlement, Hemford, Hemford Forest, Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg in Nova Scotia get online with new or improved high-speed Internet. The Federal Government is investing approximately $1.48 million in the Municipality. The Municipality will invest up to $233,486 in internet infrastructure in the work being done in parts of Baker Settlement, parts of Hemford and Hemford Forest. The work being done in Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg will be solely funded by the Government of Canada and EastLink.
Eastlink Hybrid is now available in parts of Baker Settlement, and parts of Hemford and Hemford Forest. Connections: More than 260.
Sweetland Fixed Wireless Tower Project: Received $75,000 from the provincial government for a pilot project to construct a fixed wireless internet service in the Sweetland area. Connections: 131
We have created a map to identify key internet infrastructure within the Municipality. 2017 Internet Map
Orange designates no high-speed internet
Blue designates Bell Fibre
Green designates Eastlink Fibre/coaxial
As part of the research undertaken for the development of the Municipality's Internet Strategy, we partnered with the Municipality of Chester and the Region of Queens to commission a report from iValley on the feasibility of an Internet solution. This report is now available , and has been reviewed by all Councils involved. We also reviewed the provincial government's middle and last mile strategies, lessons we learned from the Sweetland Pilot Project, and community engagement and presentations.
An Options Report was debated at the May 15 Policy & Strategy Committee meeting, and from that discussion, a final Internet Connectivity Strategy was developed and presented to Council on June 26, 2018.