Now more than ever, high-speed internet access is necessary for anyone working remotely, participating in virtual schooling, operating a home-based business or agricultural operation. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications (CRTC) regulator has deemed broadband internet access a basic service. The CRTC has estimated that approximately 12% of Ontarians lack access to broadband services that meet the CRTC's minimum service standards of 50 Mbps (megabits per second) for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads. While most Canadians today have access to these minimum service levels, many rural and remote regions in Canada lack the infrastructure needed.
Broadband services are available in areas throughout Springwater; however, a large geographic portion of Springwater is considered rural in nature and as such, residents living in these areas may not have access to reliable, stable broadband service. This can be confirmed by reviewing the Improving Connectivity for Ontario Map.
As a result, a new Springwater Community Broadband Advisory Committee has been formed to assist in fostering partnerships between interested Springwater residents and local internet services providers. The Committee was formed to facilitate community broadband expansion in Springwater and advocate to other levels of government for additional funding to support rural community broadband projects in the Township.
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Community Broadband Advisory Committee
A new Community Broadband Advisory Committee has been formed to identify broadband initiatives in the Township, including exploring processes and best practices for facilitating community broadband expansion in the Township. The Committee includes three members of Council and supporting staff members. Community engagement and feedback will be sought as the Committee moves forward with its mandate.
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) has announced $41.1 million in funding to support six fibre-to-the-home projects across Simcoe County. This investment is set to expand broadband services in a number of neighbourhoods throughout Springwater, including in Anten Mills, Phelpston, Snow Valley and Hillsdale.
|Share your thoughts - complete a brief survey|
In an effort to collect valuable information and data regarding internet service and connectivity, the Township of Springwater has developed a survey for residents and business owners to share their experiences. This survey will be used to determine service levels and areas for potential improvement, however tax dollars will not be used for service improvements.
|Internet service providers|
Below is a list of Internet Service Providers who service the Springwater area.
If you are an Internet Service Provider that services the Springwater area and would like to be added to the list, please email the Community Broadband Advisory Committee with your contact information.
|Types of Broadband|
An extremely slow internet connection using telephone lines. Users of this service typically must have their phone lines free to use the internet. Dial-up bandwidth is often 56 kilobits per second.
Using telephone lines, DSL is a faster internet service than dial-up that operates on different frequencies, allowing phone service to be used simultaneously. DSL bandwidth up to 100 megabits per second can be served in certain areas, should the telephone infrastructure allow.
A common internet type in the rural areas of Springwater, mobile wireless can be deployed easily to consumers without expensive infrastructure projects. Typically, wireless modems or small adapters that plug into computers are used. Speeds and reliability can vary greatly depending on proximity to nearby towers and infrastructure, the environment, as well as the wireless frequencies used. There are many providers in the area offering wireless internet such as Point to Point, Xplornet, Bell, and Rogers.
Similar to a wireless connection, satellite can be accessed from almost anywhere, though a satellite dish needs to be installed on the premises. A new but popular satellite choice is Starlink which offers speeds of 150 megabits per second. However, traditional satellite speeds are much slower.
A fast, reliable internet service using coaxial cable, which is also used for traditional television setups and generally found in urban areas. This type of connection is typically able to supply a home with enough bandwidth for most needs. Cable is typically not available in rural areas and is offered by Rogers, Bell, and third-party resellers such as TekSavvy. Bandwidth for cable can reach over 1 gigabit per second.
The fastest consumer internet service available today, using modern fibre optic cable. Typically, fibre optic internet is only offered in recently developed areas as it is newer and difficult to deploy in previously developed areas. Like cable, the bandwidth can reach over 1 gigabit per second, but is typically delivered faster than cable. Fibre optic internet is typically only available through cable providers.