YOUR COWS TO THE HAVE-NOTS
are being asked to “flatten the curve” to fight the impact of
COVID-19. This translates to
an unprecedented reliance on the internet. Working from home, accessing
healthcare services, communications, public safety, reliance on-line
education, and social connections to name a few. For most rural
Canadians, their internet service is inadequate at the best of times but
in a case such as the pandemic it is unreasonably inadequate. The
current COVID-19 pandemic has made it evident that rural Canada is a
HAVE-NOT of high-speed internet.
‘Cells on Wheels’ (COWs) are pieces of passive infrastructure on
which base stations and antennae can be mounted and quickly wheeled for
beefing up capacity and coverage in a locality facing network
congestion. Telcos can seek approvals from local municipalities to press
COWs into action to address data consumption surge to ease network
congestion amid an upsurge in home internet and video services
consumption because of lockdowns.
In Ontario our Internet providers (Telcos) have access to COWS and use
them to bolster signals at large events.
Those large events have been shut down by COVID-19 containment
restrictions so we are requesting a strategic re-deployment of those
West Parry Sound Smart Community Network Inc.
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