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Area progress map May 2019 - Prior to the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

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Area progress map Summer 2022

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Develop Nova Scotia is the Crown Corporation responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to provide high-speed Internet access across Nova Scotia.

The Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative will make access to high-speed Internet available to more than 95% of Nova Scotian homes and businesses—and as close to 100% as possible.

We created the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative to find solutions. In December 2018, we announced a call to organizations interested in providing Internet services in Nova Scotia to pre-qualify to bid on projects. Ten pre-qualified organizations were announced in the spring of 2019.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects designed to provide connections starting in 2020 was issued in May 2019 (and closed in June 2019). Develop Nova Scotia completed evaluations of the project proposals and negotiated agreements with selected proponents. First round projects were announced in February 2020.

In Fall 2019, 5 more pre-qualified organizations were added and announced. They join the 10 previously selected and all will be invited to respond to all future RFPs.

A further call for bids for longer-term projects was issued immediately after the first round of projects were announced. This RFP closed June 5, 2020 and these “Round 2” projects were announced in August 2020.

Successful solutions must meet or exceed provincial speed targets of 50 Mbps for wired connections and 25 Mbps for wireless and all solutions must be designed to keep pace with changing technology. Areas included in round 1 projects are well underway, with work having begun in most communities in early 2020.

For more project details, information, and past announcements visit developns.ca.

COVID-19

Connection matters. We all know that reliable high-speed Internet is critical—for access to health and education services, for business, and for people to connect with the world and one another. COVID-19 has only underlined the urgency of making these connections and improving this service as soon as possible.

We’re working with our Internet Service Providers to identify projects that can help us move faster. There are some acceleration efforts happening for first round projects thanks to an additional provincial investment of $15M. We will continue to look at options and work with our partners to move all projects forward faster if possible. When you are working from home or your kids are learning from home, high-speed Internet is your lifeline to the wider world.

To date, $5.6M has been invested in speeding up installation of Round 1 projects, including the installation of 19 towers in 100 days in Cumberland/Colchester, faster completion in Elmsdale, Caledonia and Shelburne projects, some easing of congestion on existing tower networks, as well as some acceleration of fibre installation in projects across Nova Scotia.

We will reduce red tape, speed-up regulatory approvals and ensure better coordination among all of the people working to bring service to your door. In some cases, we have found opportunities to ease congestion on existing services and enhance the current quality of Internet connections.

This project will help Nova Scotians in the long term, but we also want to support people working from home during COVID-19 by making it easier for them to work and make social connections.

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