I believe that high speed Internet has become an essential service. I plan to work with other Councillors so that we can ensure it is available to rural residents in the county. There is programs and success stories from other municipalities that we can incorporate into an action plan for the infrastructure required. Having access to rural High Speed Internet, will also help people in the area who work from home or that want to run a home based business.
For example, in the Niagara Region, they have partnered with the SWIFT project (South Western Integrated Fiber Technology). This is an initiative where key stakeholders are working together to bring High Speed Internet to those in rural parts of the Niagara Region. Haldimand needs to have one of these programs in place.