Committee of the Whole agreed Smiths Falls should be a partner in, and support, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) system to improve mobile broadband cell coverage in the area. The project covers from Peterborough to the border of Quebec and the cost will be somewhere between $54,000 and $81,000 — on the lower end if all townships/municipalities and separated townships agree. As of last Thursday, 13 had passed resolutions to join and there was support from four of the separated with the others “considering.”
The EORN system is a public private partnership which would enhance public safety, improve health care delivery, support Ontario’s push to 5G and the new digital economy, provide an option to connect to the internet and to grow the region’s economy and create jobs.
Councillors agreed to support the request “in principle, depending on the amount” and it would become part of the 2019 budget.
CAO Malcolm Morris said it “looks like the federal commitment is in place and the provincial one is being worked on.”
It will come to council August 7 as a resolution.