While focused on fixing the digital divide in rural Pictou County by bringing ubiquitous and reliable high-speed internet to all residents, the project will also create a permanent and long-lasting telecommunication infrastructure that will serve as an economic development tool, increase property values and improve the quality of life for our citizens.
The Municipality of Pictou County's Department of Innovation and Transformation will be launching a variety of services for the community to address the needs of the population and entreprises.Services
The FirstHome Service will provide early fixed wireless Internet access to residents who currently have no service or are underserved. It will also provide a service that First Responders will be able to access in some regions.
The online Marketplace will allow customers to easily choose their triple-play service options and sign up with a service provider of their choice.
Public Safety and the Municipality of Pictou as well as some areas in the Town of New Glasgow will leverage the infrastructure for their security cameras or alerts to make sure you are living in a safe environment.
Education services will provide ways to connect remote communities to facilities on a dedicated infrastructure, the schools will be able to provide services on a private network directly to the population.
Aging-well or wellness services (i.e. physiotherapy) will be able to leverage sensors and devices providing information on a secure channel outside of the Internet to assist in daily activities.
The Municipality of Pictou County as well as the Town of New Glasgow will leverage the new telecommunication infrastructure to support their corporate requirements bringing better value and resiliency to local government services.
Watch the video to understand more about the goals and objectives of the project.
Learn some important fun facts about the project evolution to date.Fun Facts
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Frequently asked questions about the projects managed by the Department of Innovation and Transformation.FAQ
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Similar to an Municipal Electric Utility (MEU), a Data Utility is an open and accessible infrastructure that can carry various type of data services. One of such services is Internet Services that can be offered to the population by various parties and in different ways while also providing access. The utility's role is also to link the municipal assets, community centres, schools and health services centres together without the need for seperate dedicated infrastructures. In other words would you want the County's traffic lights to be connected to the Internet or a seperate infrastructure?
The traditional telecom model is based on "owning" access to the customers, locking them into an limited set of options. This usually means that customers end up paying more for services. While the project works in partnership with various facility based providers it also enables a variety of non-facility based providers to have access to the population. This will open up the market to more options for the population and the utility will also be vary useful for emerging service providers who are offering internal services to the community while keeping the data and communications private from the Internet.
While there have been various controversial topics around 5G and the related higher frequency bands, the DOIT's services is leveraging a combination of lower-end frequency bands in TV channels that are no longer being used as well as WIFI coverage. Morover the smaller tower structures are there to provide limited coverage at lower power levels for the population density. As such, it is no more dangerous than the television signals that have been part of our lives over the past 50 years.
The LiveMap provides realtime information about when to expect services will be constantly changing. It took some time for the project to start however it will be doing steady progress in connecting households over the next two-years. If your home doesn't show any connectivity on the map do not despair as the team is at work to make sure everyone in the County will be served without too much overbuild with people that already have service, as the project continues the remaining households will be accelerated, we will soon add a way to influence us by clicking on the map and requesting we look at accelerating your area, as more neighbourhoods do this it helps us increase the priority of the build to reach your home or business. If you would like to have the service sooner than the date follow the same process and we will take it into consideration.
As an Open Access Utility Infrastructure a Marketplace application and various Point of Services will be launched in the community. This will allow the community to choose which packages from which service providers they will want to consume. Moreover, for the FirstHomes services you will be able to register for the service and installation through the FirstHomes website which will be launching in the middle of Q4 2021.
The DOIT is working hard to improve people's quality of life. We hope to encourage service providers to offer affordable packages to population that need limited access but have trouble affording it as it's not longer an amenity but is now a necessity. Moreover, we hope to ensure that aging population will have the capacities to stay in their homes longer through emerging technologies. Finally, through this program connected homes will appreciate in value making them a desirable assets and providing a attractive edge for youth, talent and businnesses within the community.
The Municipality is working with a variety of industry experts to execute on this project.Partners
Learn more about the role and purpose of MOPC's Department of Innovation and Transformation.About
The Municipality of Pictou County understands the enabling effect of having a modern telecommunications infrastructure in our community. The result is a connected and smart community able to access all the services high-speed Infrastructure can bring. This fundamental economic development tool is key to an enhanced quality of life for our citizens and will represent a long-lasting revenue generating asset for the community, enabling a variety of emerging services for our citizens.
Moreover, the global pandemic has resulted in a digital transformation never seen before in modern times and we need to assure all our citizens can take advantage of the new way of working and new way of receiving services. Activities such as remote education and health care, working from home and aging well at home are the cornerstones of closing the digital divide. The efforts are more than offering minimum Internet services, they are more about having impact on the way we live our day to day lives in Pictou County.
Should you want to reach out to the project for any particular reasons you may be able to do so through the following form.Contact
46 Municipal Drive, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0