By Howida Sorour-Roberts
Smiths Falls council passed a motion on Sept. 19 to support the development of a full business case proposal called the Eastern Ontario Regional Cellular Mobile Broadband Project. The town has also added its voice to the county’s in requesting MP Scott Reid and Randy Hillier, MPP, work closely with the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) on the project.
The aim of the project is to provide higher speed and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario.
Fanning the urgency of the project is the need to establish a public safety broadcast network for first responders across the nation and EORN’s proposal is to develop a pilot project to cover Eastern Ontario to support the national network.