The CREDA File

Ron Robinson
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Timeline goal set for county-wide high-speed access

Welcome to the CREDA File, a monthly column on economic development issues and activities in Cumberland County from the files of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association.

AMHERST - Welcome to the CREDA File, a monthly column on economic development issues and activities in Cumberland County from the files of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association.

CREDA continues to work with the government of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland to ensure that every Cumberland County resident and business has high-speed broadband access to the Internet. The province has set a goal of 100 percent connectivity for every Nova Scotian by the year 2009. In many cases, the broadband access will be achieved through wireless connectivity.

The business model that will be used to deliver broadband to un-served, mainly rural areas of Nova Scotia is being developed right here in Cumberland County in the pilot community cluster of Tidnish to Port Howe, an area with approximately 2567 civic addresses. On Jan. 3, the Province signed a contract with Seaside Communications, a private sector service provider to test their proposed business model in the pilot area. The lessons learned from the pilot project will be used in the building of a plan that will be rolled out to other areas across the province.

Currently 72 per cent of Nova Scotia communities and 85 per cent of Nova Scotias population is served with broadband connectivity.

However, approximately 143,000 Nova Scotians, 66,000 households, over 4,000 businesses, and thousands of tourist and summer residents do not have broadband Internet connectivity. In Cumberland County, broadband is not available to approximately 3900 civic addresses.

CREDA, in partnership with the Municipality of the County of Cumberland is encouraging business owners, residents, seasonal residents and community organizations in areas not yet served by broadband to express their interest by submitting their name and address to the web based form on the Provincial Broadband Website. The information provided will be used by the government of Nova Scotia to supplement the data collection on un-served areas. The website address is: www.gov.ns.ca/econ/broadband/form_civic.asp.

CREDA will be participating in the Municipality of Cumberlands 6th Annual Open House on Thursday, April 26 at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan. The Open House will kick off with a proclamation and welcome from Warden Keith Hunter at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. with a free barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to CREDA, organizations such as the RCMP, Fire Protection and Safety, EMO, Cumberland Regional Library, Public Works, West Cumb Amateur Radio Club, Sunset ARC & Industries, and Pugwash Ground Search and Rescue will be represented. Why not drop by the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building on April 26 to view the many displays and for a chance to win a prize as there will be draws for various items throughout the day.

If you have any questions or want further information about CREDA phone 667-3638 or visit our website @ www.creda.net. CREDA is Quality System Registered to ISO 9001:2000.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, Seaside Communications, E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building Provincial Broadband Website Municipality of Cumberlands 6th Annual Open House RCMP Quality System Registered

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotians Port Howe Nova Scotias Upper Nappan

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