In late March, Clearwater County received $200,000 matching grant under Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program of the Economic Development and Trade Department, and is in the process of developing a Broadband Strategic Action Plan, which will help connect more businesses to the internet, create jobs and benefit the broader rural community development.
In February, Council adopted a municipal broadband policy
with the following principles:
- developing an Open-Access Network of broadband infrastructure to provide Internet accessibility to majority of County residents and businesses;
- developing a phased project plan, to construct and implement the OAN and broadband infrastructure;
- endeavouring to contract a Network Service Provider to operate OAN; and
- not providing end-user internet services, rather investing in OAN in an effort to encourage competition from ISPs.
In an effort to work towards a solution in the best interest of the community as a whole, Council invites you to attend an upcoming open house.
to review the Public Participation Plan for the Broadband Project.
Council conducted a Clearwater County resident and business demand surveyin the fall of 2017. Click on the links below to view the survey results and summary presentation given by Banister Research.