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Burlington Ward 6 Rural Broadband Internet Project Update: May 2, 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 27, 2022:

Approvals

Permits:

The IASL/Standard Broadband team is preparing the Conservation Halton (CH) permit application. Once the various signoffs are received, the permit application package will be sent to Conservation Halton and will include the NEC permit and technical drawings of regulated areas. Once that has been received by CH the permit process is expected to move quickly.

There are currently no new updates from Halton Region. Halton Region staff will receive the NEC permit details and once the Conservation Halton permit is issued, will provide their Regional Public Works staff with the go-ahead to issue the Municipal Consent for fiber cable and duct to be placed in the boulevard of regional roads.

Construction process

Locates have been ordered for Derry Rd and Walkers Line. The locates will be done by an independent contractor to save time.  Construction timelines are on track to start in May.

Pipelines, Hydro, Creeks and Regional Roads:

Creek crossings:

All five creek crossing drawings are now completed.  IASL/Standard Broadband is in discussion with Burlington Hydro to finalize the Joint Use Agreement.

Pipeline Crossings:

Locates have been ordered for the pipe lines. A Hydrovac process will be used along the pipelines, up to a depth of 1.9m, and if no pipelines are uncovered, construction should be able to continue.

 

Next Steps

The City of Burlington will communicate the cost of the Municipal Access Agreement with IASL/ Standard Broadband in preparation of the permits needed for the City portion of the project.

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

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:

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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