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Burlington Ward 6 Rural Broadband Internet Project Update: April 22, 2022

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Please see below this week’s project update from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Councillor Angelo Bentivegna for the Rural Ward 6 Internet Broadband project, as we continue working with stakeholders and residents to provide information about the completion of this essential rural broadband project.

Mayor Meed Ward and Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna invites all interested residents to join the live update meetings to provide further details and answer any questions arising throughout the project. Meetings will be held virtually on the following dates from 5:30-6:30 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, May 18;
  • Wednesday, June 15; and
  • Wednesday, July 13.

Please use the below details to join:

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83712243708?pwd=OXV0N3ZmRS83UExqKzZ5KzYxa3BKdz09

Meeting ID: 837 1224 3708

Passcode: sn9880

Or Dial in: 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 837 1224 3708

Passcode: 610963

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keidZKJrXw

If you are joining by phone, please use *6 to mute/unmute yourself during the call. By pressing *9 you could raise or lower your hand to ask a question.

Update as of April 21, 2022:

Approvals

Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) Development Permit:

We are happy to announce the great news that the NEC permit has been issued. The NEC will follow the construction process as it unfolds to ensure that the guidelines of the permit are adhered to.

The next step for the IASL/ Standard Broadband project team will be to apply for and obtain the Conservation Halton permit. As the Conservation Halton team worked closely together with NEC staff, a quick turnaround time is expected.

From a Halton Region perspective, once the Conservation Halton permit is issued, Regional Public Works staff will be able to issue the Municipal Consent for fiber cable and duct to be placed in the boulevard of regional roads. All documents are in place, as provided by IASL.

Construction process

Construction timelines are on track to start in May. Once all permits and agreements are in place the IASL/ Standard Broadband website will be updated with a construction schedule and timelines.

Pipelines, Hydro, Creeks and Regional Roads:

Creek crossings:

The design of the last of the five creek crossings is expected to be completed next week. The JU Permit application for the 5 creek crossings will be submitted once the Joint Use Agreement is finalized.

Pipeline Crossings:

Permissions for Union gas/Enbridge gas pipeline crossings South of Derry Road are in place. Locates have been scheduled for this area.

Sun Canadian & Imperial Oil are persisting on having IASL go below the pipelines, and this an ongoing discussion with these companies. An aerial option could be considered if needed to avoid the cost and time delays of digging up the pipelines.

Regional Road Crossings:

As mentioned above in the NEC permit application section, the Region would be able to issue a permit once the Conservation Halton permit is issued.

There are no outstanding items related to the road occupancy permit.

Next Steps

The group will meet again next week and continue to collaborate to ensure the project stays on track.

Timeline:

Below is information that has been shared with the community in previous updates, but is restated here for convenience.

April 2022

Per the applicant’s webpage, once permits are issued IASL/Standard Broadband will:

  • finalize and post their construction schedule on their webpage
  • order locates for underground utilities

May-June-July 2022

Per the applicant’s webpage, once locates are issued, IASL/Standard Broadband will:

  • bring in equipment
  • begin construction, which is expected to take three months

Webpage:

The city has set up a dedicated Rural Internet Installation webpage for the two rural broadband projects currently underway here: https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/rural-internet-installation.asp

Please check back regularly for updates. If you have subscribed to the page, you’ll receive an alert each time new information is posted.

Comments/Questions:

The below questions were asked and answered by IASL/ Standard Broadband during the April 20th resident update meeting:

  • Is there anything specific homeowners should do when construction occurs on their area?
    • No, there is nothing you need to do. Should there be anything in the way of the construction team or equipment, a crew member will knock on your door to discuss a solution.
  • Does the cable need to be installed in a specific area of the property? Will the cable come to the home along with the hydro line (using a hydro pole)?
    • The IASL/ Standard Broadband team will meet with residents in advance to identify the safest route from the street to the home, and the best option into the home. The cable would typically enter the home where the hydro connection enters.
    • These meetings are normally scheduled roughly two weeks before the construction is estimated to be complete in the specific area.
    • All cables from the road towards the customer’s home will be buried.
  • Will the IASL/Standard Broadband service include a Cable TV?
    • Yes. A television and phone option will be available. IASL/ Standard Broadband is in the process of finalizing their television offering and this is expected to be available to customers in the summer. Please reach out to IASL for any questions related to the service offerings.
  • Does the new cable connection have to be plugged into and existing device to be spread throughout the house?
    • No. This system does not require a separate “box” for every television device, but instead works with an application that is downloaded.
  • Will the pricing of the IASL/ Standard Broadband services be competitive?
    • Yes. The options offered are reasonably priced.

Please feel free to share this correspondence with other rural residents who may be interested.

If you have any additional questions, please let us know and we will endeavour to get answers and include them in a future update.

Please be assured that we are all working toward the same shared goal of securing rural broadband for our residents as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Marianne & Angelo

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward & Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna

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