GUYSBOROUGH: Municipal council is supporting a drive to improve local Internet service.

Last week, council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) voted unanimously to send a letter of support for Seaside Communications. Seaside sent a letter to the municipality requesting the support, noting “certain additional spectrum should be prioritized for wireless Internet providers like Seaside. We expect the province will support our position. We think our position would be greatly enhanced from a simple letter of support from MODG.”

Deputy CAO Gary Cleary said the motion means council will provide the letter of support to Seaside for Government of Canada consultation on high speed Internet.

“My understanding is there is going to be some more bandwidth issued to various suppliers of the service,” said Warden Vernon Pitts. “Seaside requested that we support their application and I’m serviced by Seaside and the only way we hope to have advanced service is they’ve got to get more bandwidth. Council certainly supports that.”

Pitts said Internet service is very important to the municipality, noting 717 homes and businesses in the municipality receive service from Seaside.

Cleary said Seaside’s letter noted improvements to be completed next summer will make speeds of 10 megabits per second available to most residents while the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently set 50 megabits per second as the service standard for all of Canada for the next few years.

“As a technical matter, wireless Internet providers, like Seaside, cannot provide these speeds without reasonable access to additional radio spectrum,” stated the letter from Seaside.