Information for Service Providers
The municipality has created a concierge model to aid in the development and implementation of high speed internet infrastructure in The County.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that are interested in expanding services in The County have a single point of contact at the municipality. The model streamlines the process and coordinates internal processes in order to better support ISPs that want to expand services to residents and businesses.
More information is below on locating towers and equipment on private and public property.
Locating communications towers on private property
The County has developed the following process to guide the location of communications towers in Prince Edward County:
When an inquiry is received by the County of Prince Edward, the municipal Director of Operations shares with the proponent the requirements under the Location of Communication Towers Policy. Also, depending on the subject location, the Director of Operations advises the proponent about any other potential municipal requirements, such as the need for an entrance permit.
The submission must incldue:
- Justification report to explain why co-location on an adjacent tower is not feasible
- Technical details (including a detailed site plan) about the proposed installation
- Clearance from other agencies as required, including Quinte Conservation
The formal submission of plans and documents to the municipality officially starts Industry Canada’s (IC) 120-day expectation of moving from contact with the Land Use Authority (LUA) to the satisfaction of IC’s general and technical requirements.
As part of the community consultation process, the proponent is required to:
- Prepare the notification package and submit it to the Director of Operations for review
- Prepare the newspaper advertisement and submit it to the Director of Operations for review. The Director may suggest the most appropriate local community newspaper given the project location.
- Identify all landowners and their mailing addresses within the notification radius (five times the height of the proposed tower or one kilometre, whichever is greater). The proponent submits the mailing address list to the Operations Clerk, who verifies its accuracy using the GIS system tools; the Clerk advises the proponent of any additions or removals.
- Issue the notification mailings and arrange for the newspaper advertisement to be published simultaneously. The 30-day public comment period commences once the advertisement has appeared in the newspaper.
- Following the comment period, the proponent is required to address all reasonable and relevant concerns, make all reasonable efforts to resolve them in a mutually acceptable manner and must keep record of associated communications.
When all reasonable and relevant concerns have been addressed, the proponent can request a Letter of Concurrence from the Director of Operations, which is not to be unreasonably withheld.
Once the Letter of Concurrence has been issued by the Director of Operations, the proponent can then apply to Industry Canada for final approval and, if achieved, move to construction.
Locating communications equipment on public property
The County has developed a standardized Municipal Access Agreement (MAA) for ISPs interested in constructing, maintaining, and operating their equipment in municipal rights-of-way (ROWs) and other public places.