Carried! Ottawa City Council Approves CFco’s MAA

After ELEVEN months of tedious work, today the Ottawa City Council approved Community Fibre Company’s Municipal Access Agreement. With this we can now commence various in-Ottawa projects we’ve been waiting to move forward with too!

We can’t offer enough thanks to Councillors Leiper and Moffatt for helping make this happen.

MOTION Moved by Councillor J. Leiper Seconded by Councillor S. Moffatt BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Rules of Procedure be suspended to consider the following Motion, due to the desire to move forward with this initiative after delays resulting from the summer legislative agenda schedule and the City's interest in supporting economic development opportunities. WHEREAS Telecommunication companies generally have a statutory right to use municipal streets, but this is subject to the consent of the municipality, with the process, terms and conditions for granting Municipal Consent embodied in a Municipal Access Agreement (MAA) and consistent with the five right-of-way management principles developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as adopted by Council on March 28, 2001; and WHEREAS Community Fibre Company is a registered telecommunications provider with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC); and WHEREAS Community Fibre Company has entered into an agreement, subject to Council approval, with City of Ottawa whereby Community Fibre will install telecommunications equipment including wires and cables, ducts, conduits, manholes and other structures, within the City rights-of-way to provide communities with higher speed internet access; and WHEREAS as part of the MAA, Community Fibre Company has agreed to pay the City an annual cost recovery fee of $5,000 plus appropriate taxes as compensation for costs incurred by the City due to the installation of its equipment and its presence in City streets and has agreed to all other conditions in the City’s standard MAA as on file with the City Clerk & Solicitor; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approve entering into the Municipal Access Agreement with Community Fibre Company and delegate the authority to execute the MAA to the General Manager, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development. CARRIED