Temagami jumps in with Leepfrog

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By Jamie Mountain

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

TEMAGAMI – Temagami council has approved a motion that will authorize the telecom company Leepfrog to install broadband equipment on the Temagami North and South water towers, the fire tower and at the landing.

It was noted at Temagami council’s regular meeting April 15 that as part of a potential program that will provide broadband alternatives to much of the municipality, Temagami had been asked by the broadband company to authorize the work.

Mayor Dan O’Mara proposed a “friendly amendment” that was approved by council that a broadband tower also be placed at the landing.

It was noted that normally there is also a fee to install such equipment on municipal infrastructure, although a rate has yet to be considered by the Municipal User Fee Bylaw.

Based on negotiations, and broadband plans in other areas of the municipality, an equitable rate could be negotiated.

O’Mara and treasurer-administrator Craig Davidson, as a second part of the motion, are being authorized by council to negotiate an equitable rental rate for the use of municipal infrastructure.

Councillor John Harding questioned that when talking about the landing for installation if that meant “the incorporated possibility of the landing or are you talking out at the dumpsite. Just what area are you talking about? Is it Crown Land or actual municipality land?”

O’Mara responded that they were talking about “a couple of particular sites in that area. The site that they’re looking at is in the area that involves Teck Corporation.”

O’Mara added that the broadband equipment installation was “all kind of in principle right at the moment” and that he was hopeful there would be “some sort of an announcement coming within the next week where more details could be released.”

He said that as part of the process, council approval was needed in principle so that the municipality could proceed with the agreement with Leepfrog.

“More details will be provided at a later date,” said O’Mara.

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker