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 hosted three public open house meetings in May, as well as meetings with local internet service providers (ISPs).
Council conducted a Clearwater County resident and business demand survey in the fall of 2017. Click on the links below to view the survey results and summary presentation given by Banister Research.
to review the Public Participation Plan for the Broadband Project.
After Council has finalizes public engagement with various stakeholders, a feasibility/strategic action plan will be ready by the end of summer for Council review. Information on this page will be updated as the project progresses.