Deep River ruled out for federal broadband funding


Deep River Mayor Sue D’Eon is calling on Canada’s Internet regulator to fix its mistake and declare the town eligible to receive money under the federal government’s broadband funding program.

D’Eon recently contacted the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to point out an error on its broadband access map.

The map showed Deep River as “white,” meaning the town already has access to Internet services with speeds of 50 mbps download and 10 mbps upload and is therefore not eligible for funding through the CRTC Broadband Fund.

The broadband fund will provide $750 million over five years to extend high-speed internet and cell service to rural and remote areas of Canada.

The CRTC recently opened a second round of applications for the fund, with a deadline of March 27.

D’Eon said the town should have been shown on the map as “green,” meaning the town is underserviced and eligible for the funding.

“The residents of the town of Deep River currently receive speeds of between 1 mbps to 12 mbps download speed,” D’Eon noted.

“I am the mayor of the town, and I and council have been trying to work with vendors to increase speeds as our highest priority.”

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