Community Broadband Toolkit
The Community Broadband Toolkit (CBT) is a series of documents to assist communities wishing to establish broadband networks in their region. The toolkit contains a set of guidelines, considerations and self-assessment tools to help communities launch successful broadband initiatives. Currently, there are five documents - or tools - included in the toolkit:
Why use the Broadband Toolkit?
The Community Broadband Toolkit is designed to aid communities that currently have no (or very limited) access to broadband services but want to bring accessibility and versatility to their community, as well as to those eager to learn how to launch and sustain a broadband project. Some communities may take on the initiative alone, but most will collaborate with several project participants. This toolkit provides guidelines and tools to assist communities with any form of broadband initiative.
How to use this guide
The toolkit will help you...
... in two fundamental ways. It will help you to:
1. Prepare and evaluate the readiness of your community. A high level of readiness yields a more successful outcome.
2. Get started with a view to launching a successful broadband project. Once your community is ready, this toolkit will provide additional useful tools and tips to successfully implement and then sustain your broadband project.
This toolkit provides guidance, insights and tools...
... for communities who may be unfamiliar with the elements of achieving successful results from a broadband initiative.
This toolkit is a result of...
... extensive research and experience in broadband in broadband implementation projects throughout Ontario and across Canada.
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services ("MGCS") has prepared the Community Broadband Toolkit ("Toolkit") as a reference guide for municipalities and community groups who seek to expand broadband services into their particular municipality or community. As the resources in the Toolkit deal in summarized fashion with complex matters and may not fully reflect the requirements of your particular municipality or community, you should not rely on these resources as a substitute for specialized technical, legal or other professional advice. You are responsible for making your own decisions pertaining to the subject matter of the Toolkit (including compliance with applicable statutes, by-laws, and/or regulations, and applicable procurement policies) and are encouraged to seek all technical, legal and/or other professional advice required in your circumstances. By downloading a copy of the Toolkit by clicking on the link below, you are agreeing that, in exchange for access to the Toolkit: (a) you are solely responsible for your use, and the use made by anyone obtaining a copy of the Toolkit through you, of the Toolkit; (b) Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario is not responsible for any consequences (including damages) arising out of the use of or reliance upon the Toolkit, including for damages arising out of negligence; and (c) you will indemnify and hold harmless Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario, her Ministers, directors, officers, agents, appointees and employees for any and all losses, costs, damages and expenses (including legal, expert and consultant fees) suffered or incurred by any of them arising out of the use of the Toolkit. If a copy of the Toolkit is requested or required by another person or group, you are not permitted to make copies of the Toolkit or forward your copy to them. Please ask them to download their own copy at http://www.gov.on.ca/mgs/en/IAndIT/247278.html.
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