Advocating for better internet in Strathcona County
Improvement to broadband service in Strathcona County is an identified need, particularly for rural and commercial/industrial areas. Parts of the County do not meet the high-speed internet standards established by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
Strathcona County remains committed to identifying future broadband funding grant opportunities and building strategic partnerships to achieve better connectivity for our community.
This includes advocacy efforts at federal and provincial levels for investment in broadband in our community. The County is also focussed on pursuing future applicable broadband grants in partnership with internet service providers and vendors, as well as other municipalities.
In securing and strengthening partnerships, our ultimate goal is to ensure that quality high-speed internet service will be available throughout the County.
2015-2018: Strathcona County Rural Internet Access Program increased high-speed internet access in rural areas, with the County partnering with internet service providers (ISPs) to install and/or upgrade internet towers.
2019-2020: An Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) report outlined the importance of broadband in the greater Edmonton region.
Broadband Survey - In spring 2020, Strathcona County surveyed residents and businesses to better understand the current state of high-speed internet services throughout the community, and identify potential solutions to improve broadband services. The vast majority of residents and businesses were not satisfied with the current services and would like to see the County actively involved in improving internet services.
View the survey reports: