It’s hard to believe that we are in 2015. When I think back over the last year, the time has just swept by. I hope everyone is back in the swing of things, bearing the cold weather and anxious to move into growing your business for a better year than last. It always feels like a brand new start to begin a new year and at Blue Sky Net we hope to help you do that with tips to help you with your online business, marketing and e-commerce, broadband development and all things to do with new technology.
Jerry Poliszczuk is our new ICT Coordinator. Jerry has a background in web programming and has been so helpful in moving forward with our new BEAM program. If you have a question about your website, don’t hesitate to call Jerry at extension 213. He will help you if he can. He is also handling our new round of BEAM funding, so if you want to refer other business owners to the program, Jerry is your contact.
Broadband Expansion Projects
We are really excited about new projects that Blue Sky Net has on the go for this year. Two new Broadband expansion projects are keeping us busy as we prepare funding applications to FedNor and NOHFC. These projects will take place in South Almaguin and the North Shore of Lake Huron. Once we have funding in place, I’ll report back with details.
The other project we are excited to begin as the funding has been confirmed, is the Municipal Record Digitization and Archival Project, or MRDAP as we call it for short. This project will see Blue Sky Net working with our GIS Municipal partners on the digitization of their stored property files. This is going to be a great help to ensure that in the event of disaster or flood, the municipal property files will be safe on externally hosted sites. Most importantly, it will show that each municipality is open for business as all of their property and asset information will be easily accessible for interested developers to work with municipal staff.
Connected North Broadband Portal
Lastly is our www.connectednorth.ca
website. This project is an extension of our BAIMAP project that saw us map and now update all the Broadband availability in Northern Ontario. The updates are done and this new website will permit the public to easily search their address and find out what type of high-speed is available at their property. We will announce when the site is done and ready to launch, so stay tuned.
If you are a member of staff in a municipality, a small business owner, an economic development officer or a general member of the public, feel free to contact any of us at Blue Sky Net. We will do our best to help with questions related to technology in our area. We’re here to help!