County exploring hamlet Internet upgrade

Richard Froese
South Peace News

SuperNet connections could be extended to the Grouard and Faust municipal buildings soon.

At its regular meeting May 25, Big Lakes County council approved a recommendation that administration explore the possibility to connect to SuperNet, which already exists in those hamlets, with Northern Lakes College and local schools.

“We’ll do it if we can hook up to it and if it’s cost-effective,” says Bill Landiuk, director of corporate services, responsible for finance.

County staff says Internet reception is unacceptable in the county service buildings in the hamlets.

“Two of our four FCSS outreach offices and fire halls have very poor Internet services,” says FCSS director Louise Myre.

“Should we be able to connect to SuperNet, it would speed up county services to residents and be of advantage to both FCSS and the county.”

Current Internet service is often non-existent or very weak, says Myre.

“This prohibits outreach staff from promptly and reliably completing online forms and providing up-to- date information and materials to residents on a daily basis,” Myre says.

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