The History of Long and Brier Islands

Long & Brier Islands Internet History

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Islands Internet History

Before we start our history of Long and Brier internet I will give a brief history of what came first “the computer”. The first computers were designed for calculations. The first electronic computer was built as a result of world war ll. These early computers were very large, sometimes taking up the space of a city block, and costing a great sum of money.

These computers kept going down in size and cost to where they became affordable to the ordinary person in the 1980’s.

I had been reading about computers and had been waiting for when they would be in my range of being affordable, so in 1985 we bought our first computer, a vic-20. It plugged into our TV set and cost around $290.00 in 1985. It played video games and showed you how to make computer programs. We used it a lot, but I was looking for something better.

Not many Islanders at this time were interested in computers. Many could not see the need for them.

For Christmas 1990 we bought a Commodore 386 computer. It had it’s own screen, keyboard, and desktop computer. When I opened the box to set the computer up there was no key to start the computer up, it was locked. I called the company and they said send it back and they would send a replacement. It would take about a month to do this, so I decided to open it up and bypassed the switch. I was able to get it going, and I have never been afraid to make changes to a computer since.

Now these early computers were very slow and had a very small storage space. This computer had two operating systems in it. MS-DOS and Windows 3. Windows 3 had a few icons that you could click on to open small programs but we used the dos command prompt to do most what we wanted to do. I would never want to go back to these early computers again.

Our Niece on our Commodore 386 in 1993

In the early 1990’s we heard of something called ‘Internet” we all knew we would be one of the last places to receive it.

Digby High School put on a night class “Dos-Introduction to Computers” in the fall of 1993. Leta and I both took that course trying to be savvy on computers. The following year 1994 they put another night course “Advanced Dos” which we both attended.

I wanted to learn all I could about computers and how to operate them to my best ability so I enrolled in a correspondence course with Acadia University. It was called “Computer Science 1813,”and I had six months to complete it. I did the lessons at home and had to go to Acadia to write the final exam, which I passed.

In 1995 Bell Aliant, our telephone provider in Halifax, started another branch of its company called Sympatico Dial-up. This was available to subscribers of Aliant. It was not available to us Islanders till the summer of 1996.

We called and said we wanted to go on the internet. They said first we had to have a ‘Dial-up Internet Access Card” installed in our computer along with their software in order to use it. Computers at that time didn’t come with an internet connection. So I bought a card for the hook-up and installed the software for the internet.

We had to use the same telephone cord as our phone. You either used your computer with the internet or your phone. Not both together, and no incoming calls.

To go on the internet, you would go in Windows 3 and click on the dial-up icon  

and that icon would dial-up the network.

That would bring you to a search engine, more than likely AltaVista Search. In there it would give a list of choices that you could click on. There was not a whole lot of images on the web at first. Photos or images had lot of pixels and it took a lot of time to load, in order view. Down-load was almost impossible to do then, even a simple picture could take hours, and the internet would time-out and shut down. As time went by, you could do more and more.

Y2K

All through 1999 there was a lot of talk about what was going to happen at midnight 1999 and the start of 2000. They called it Y2K. Everyone thought that the world was run by computers at that time, and at the stroke of midnight the world would stop functioning as it should.

What was the Y2K problem?

But first, let’s understand the problem. In the late 1990s, we had lots of computer systems and programs running that never expected to still be around in the year 2000. They represented dates as two-digit years, to save precious memory. Yes, bytes were precious on many systems so that two bytes was significant into the 1980s on many systems. The problem was no one knew what would happen when the two-digit dates rolled over from 99 to 00. Would the computer think it was 2000? 1900? Some other goofy date?

So we spent lots of time, effort and money in the late 1990s finding these old systems and putting fixes in place. We also spent time trying to convince people it wasn’t going to be the apocalypse. But there were a lot of Chicken Littles running around who amassed hordes of food, water, supplies, batteries, and other things they thought they would need when the disaster hit.

The solution to the Y2K problem depended on the system and the software. In the event that the software was still being made, you just applied a patch, the same way we apply patches every month for security updates today. So we did a lot of running around and installing patches manually.

New Internet Provider for Long & Brier Islands, Spring 2000;

Kevin Leeman, Island’s Internet Provider

The new Internet provider called his companyCoastal Wireless Services

Kevin Leeman started a High Speed Internet for our Islands in the spring of 2000. Each user had a radio system installed on their roofs that was aimed at an in-view tower and was transferred across the Saint Mary’s Bay to Saulnierville where it was connected to East Link (an internet provider on the main land) which was connected to the world. The piece that follows is an interview that Kevin Leeman did with Andy Moir for an article that was published in Passages Aug. 2008 that tells the story of how his internet got started.

High speed internet available throughout the Islands

Passages Aug. 2008

By Andy Moir:

Kevin Leeman didn’t plan to set up a high speed internet system. “It all started back in 2000, when we were all playing computer games.  I set up a little wired network in my own house with four computers” Kevin and a couple of buddies started messing around with different ways to link their computers together and it wasn’t long before he had a wireless network running at his home. As Kevin got more into the technology that made it possible to play games over a wireless network with his friends and his kids, the germ of an idea for a high speed wireless internet took seed. Now, after countless hours of research on networks, tons of help from friends, family members and about $155,000 later, he’s got Coastal Wireless Services up and operating. You’ve probably seen his towers: One in Tiverton, another near Lindsey and Heather Prime’s, and one on Lee Melanson’s property.  From those towers he’s able to reach every household on the Islands, and in East Ferry.

It’s a wireless system, which means, simply, you don’t have a wire running from a telephone pole into your house. Instead, you have a little white box attached to the side of your house, which is aimed at one of Kevin’s towers.

This is one of three towers Kevin has erected to carry his high speed internet service. Note that it has its own wind generator to power the system. “At two of our sites we’ve powered them ourselves”, Kevin says. “The biggest reason, in the long run, we figured it would be cheaper. No power bills. Cost a lot to get it geared up, but in five years we’ll be ahead of the game.  I’m kind of a green person, I’m kind of a naturalist. So whenever we can generate our own power, I figured it’d be good.”

And the service is fast.  About 20 to 25 times faster than dial up. No more excruciatingly long waits for a photo to down load, or a webpage to come up on the screen.

And of course you can be on the internet without tying up your phone line

So far, just over 40 people on the Islands and East Ferry have signed up for Kevin’s service.  He hopes to see a lot more, to help pay the bills. “It’s picked up a lot better than it had been.  It seems that there’s a lot more interest now that people realize that we’re for real.

Kevin holds the small receiver that is attached to your house to send and receive the high speed internet signal.

“As of July Coastal Wireless Services is doing enough business to pay all its current bills. This was our first month of actually having enough clients that we can pay our bills.”

But even though he’s able to pay the bills, he’s disappointed with the number of people who have signed up for the service on the Islands.

“We need customers.  I had a hundred and some people’s signatures when we put our survey in the stores, and less than half have actually took our service, I was hoping for a better turn out. “I know it’s been hard in this area with the price of living rising. I know some people around here this winter had it hard in the lobster industry.  But when we get our other server online we’ll be coming out with different internet packages with different bandwidths limits to help those that can’t afford our main internet package.

More customers mean better service for everyone, Kevin says.“Our next bandwidth increase is to five Megs and should come into effect early this fall at our current rate of growth. More clients will only mean faster service and we will give our clients the fastest service we can afford. This area is one of the first areas in rural Nova Scotia to have wireless high speed internet, and it’s great.”

And Kevin plans to expand.  He’s ordered equipment to put up a tower to service Little River, and hopes to get into Sandy Cove.

He’s also eyeing areas on the mainland, in behind Highway 1, where only dial up connections are available.

So what will it cost you to get high speed?  There’s an installation fee of $150.  That includes attaching a small antenna to your house, and getting your computer set up to receive the high speed signal.  After that, there’s a monthly fee of $47.95 plus taxes.

Well worth it, to get rid of the aggravation of dealing with

dial up. Give Kevin a call at 839-2936, or email him at

sales@cwswireless.com

As Kevin Leeman had said in this interview only 40 households had connected to his high speed internet by 2008. There was a few that had acquired other means of Internet such as Satellite Internet, and some just stayed with dial-up.

The first social media “Facebook” started in Sept. 2006.

“Passages” the Local monthly newspaper connected to the internet in Aug.

2008.

When it became possible to stream movies on the internet, it seemed everyone was doing it, and at the same time. It had also become possible to download movies and watch them later. As people found more and more uses for internet more people joined on Kevin’s wireless internet. The more that joined on, the more it got used, the slower it had become. Sometimes the internet would shut down because of a dozen reasons and would stay down for hours and sometimes days. Islanders became upset and started looking for another source of internet.

I was using the Internet as much as it would allow me. I was trying to build web sites. I had a lot of orders to build sites but had to give up because it was taking so long to up-load the site. I also tried ebay selling, at first all over the world. I did this for a couple of years but the internet was so undependable I had to give that up. I even tried the stock market. I had to give this up too, as it was too undependable for that.

In Sept. 2012 the Nova Scotia Government announced it was going to build a new Health Centre in Freeport, Mid-Valley Construction was awarded the contract. While they were here they became interested in our Internet situation, as another part of their company was called Mainland Telecom. They finished the Health Centre in Feb. 2014, Freeport Health Centre is owned by Mid-Valley Construction and is leased out to EHS and The Southwest Health Board.

Source; Passages, September 2013

New High-speed Internet Provider for Digby Neck and Islands?

By Andy Moir

A new high-speed Internet company is taking a very close look at providing services on Islands and Digby Neck. The company Mainland Telecom based in the Annapolis Valley, has received a provisional go ahead from its board of directors to proceed assuming certain criteria can be met. If all goes well we could be seeing the construction of the system by late fall, with service starting to some customers before the New Year.

This move follows intensive lobbying by individuals, groups, Village commissions and politicians to overcome a major stumble block to economic development here on Digby Neck and Islands: The lack of reliable, high-speed, high-capacity Internet services.

The break in the logjam came at a meeting held at the Freeport Development Center in August, organized by Municipal Counselor David Tudor. Attending were two representatives from Mainland Telecom, the Municipalities business consultant, Dan Harvey, and myself.

 At that meeting the issues and needs were clearly spelled out. The Mainland people talked about what their system was capable of doing. They received a tour of the Islands, where there were able to judge by talking to people that the need is real.

They went away with a promise to take a serious look at what it would cost to install and operate a system on the Islands that would provide much better speed and reliability than what is currently available by satellite, Turbo stick, turtle Hub, or through Coastal Wireless.

 During the week of August 19th , they were several phone conversation with the company. They outlined a plan. They requested several letters be sent to the board in support of the plan. That was done.

 So, what’s being proposed?

 I spoke with Chris Norman, the Chief Technology Officer of Mainland, who attended the meeting at the Development Center has been largely responsible for developing the plan.

 To start with, two towers, between 60 to 80 meters high, will be constructed. They will provide the Internet signals to the houses and businesses on the Islands. One of the towers will be located on Long Island, a second probably between Tiddville and Little River. The Mainland system will provide coverage as far up as Sandy Cove… perhaps farther up the Neck at a later date. The two towers will provide coverage to 90% of the homes and businesses on the Islands. In some cases, additional construction might be needed to get a signal to a home.

 Now if somebody’s got a house in a dip or behind a huge bank of trees or something that is preventing it, we’ve got a solution where we can put up a small and quite low-cost, mast… which will give them another 50 feet. These are called pop-up masts. So if you’ve got somebody who’s got the perfect oceanfront residence, but have some form of obstruction and they want Internet, we can do it. We will always come back with a, “yes it is possible, but it may attract an installation fee.”

 For most homes, there could be subsidized installation fee if one or two year contract is signed for Internet services.

“Our priced point is going to be between $60 and $80, depending on your level of service. If you just check your e-mails once a day and do some surfing, 60 bucks probably. If you want to have something a little more room rugged, you might be looking at $80 to $85. We can offer telephone service on this system as well, which is something people may well like. “You’d keep the same phone number. It would add about $20/month to your bill for phone service.

What do you get at the low end of the service spectrum?

 You’d get a 5 Mb download speed, and a 1 Mg upload speed. A Turbo Hub can download at about 3.5 Mb under ideal conditions. Upload speed is around 1.5 Mb. The big difference is in how you pay for a Turbo hub. You get 3 GB of upload and download with the turbo hub for $45/month. If you go over that, you pay an extra $10 for each additional 2 GB. The Mainland system will give you 300 GB of upload and download… a huge difference.

 For $80/month, you can get an upload and download speed of 15 Mb. Roughly 3 times the speed of the turbo hub.

 In some areas, the signal coming to a house may not be a wireless one. “If there is an area of high density, like Westport or Freeport, there is a possibility that we might run a fiber line around it, effectively coming from our main receiving station and actually take it out on fiber optic, and drop a fiber into the home; although the cost initially would be a little more expensive, it would actually keep our frequency clear and would avoid having 100 transceivers also known as subscriber units in a certain area all squawking at once, which would actually bring down the quality of the service. We would just put everyone on fiber, and that would be a lot easier, no radios to maintain, and it will last up to 100 years on the poles. So there is that option.

 The company says it need to average about $80/account to make the system viable. Some people will pay less than that, others more depending on the level of service they want.

 We need $80/month really to make this a viable product where we can keep it maintained, keep a good level of service. Once we get enough people on the Island subscribing, we plan to employ a local technical support representative to enhance our level of service. It maybe a little more expensive, I’m not going to hide that… but you’re paying for something that works.

 We haven’t finalized payment plan details. We want to make a billing system convenient for the customer, mostly automated and electronic, in keeping with other suppliers in the industry, minimizing bad debts which raise cost for all concerned.”

 What happens next?

 The next hurdle is finding locations for towers. That has been an issue in other areas and the company is very optimistic that with the current desire to have access to an effective Internet solution they are hoping for great cooperation. They plan to consult with local people about the best locations, but again, within reason.

 We’ve been given a provincial go ahead, but one of the stipulations of the board… and I’ve came across this many times… everybody wants it, everybody all for it, right up until the time they realize they live in a zone where we want to put the 80 meter tower. Should it transpire that huge amounts of public consultations, public hearings, etc., should arise, it would place the project in jeopardy due to increased costs. The business case is a marginal one, driven primarily by the desire of the Island population and Mainland’s desire to push the limits of what is possible. However it is so marginal local co-operation is essential.

 They don’t want to put the towers near where people live. An 80 meter tower would need quite a bit of real estate around it. We could put it up in the middle of a forested region, a field, a piece of rocky land. We are quite flexible on where it goes in.

By the time you read this, the company will have had a good look at the topography of the Islands, and will be narrowing down the choices of where the towers will go.

 Municipal Counselor David Tudor will be spearheading the consultation process about the tower location.

 If you have more in questions, check out the company’s website www.mainlandtelecom.com

Now not everyone wanted another Internet provider, here is another view.

Passages; Oct. 2013

Source:   Digby Courier; May 4th 2014

Mainland Telecom announces timeline and packages for Islands highspeed

Posted: May 4, 2014, midnight | Updated: Sept. 30, 2017

Mainland Telecom plans to connect high speed Internet customers in Freeport and Westport first, then Tiverton and then the rest of the Islands.

Mainland Telecom says they plan to start hooking up homes in Freeport and Westport for high-speed Internet in early June.

Chris Norman, chief technology officer with Mainland Telecom held two public meetings, one in Westport and one in Freeport, on Thursday evening, May 1 to announce the hook-up dates, the packages and pricing offers.

“We won’t make any promises we can’t keep,” he said. “We won’t promise we can provide 100 per cent coverage, but we will look at every case and we will do everything we can to bring you in as a customer.”

Norman says they hope to have optical fibre installed and to establish the microwave link from Clare to Freeport and Westport by June 3.

Their plan is to hook up customers in four or five phases.

First they’ll connect the homes on either side of Grand Passage around June 9.

Norman says at the same time they can start hooking up any homes in sight of the water on the southern coast of Long Island.

“We realized we can just shoot the signal across the water from Clare to any property in sight of the water,” said Norman.

They will start connecting homes in Tiverton in early July and homes in the middle and on the north side of Long Island in mid-August.

Mainland will also erect a tower on a high point of Brier Island to connect customers who might want service on the sparsely-populated back or western side of Brier starting in September.

Mainland’s packages start at $62.50 a month for a speed of 10 Mbsp down and 5 Mbsp up. Basic installations cost $100 and none of the plans have a data limit.

Their basic plans however won’t allow open wi-fi.

“Our business model is one home, one connection,” said Norman. “If people share the signal, then our business model will collapse. We’re going to be strict about this and we will be checking.”

Norman said most customers will be satisfied with the standard package but he presented four other packages for those who want higher speeds or even greater reliability: Max (20M/ 10M) and Max 3 (25M/ 10M) plus Business, Elite and Elite 3 (40M/ 40M).

The Elite 3 would cost $250 to install and $160 a month.

Mainland will be using a mix of unlicensed frequencies (for standard packages in easy to reach locations) and licensed frequencies, which enable them to use more power, over greater range and with more reliability.

Norman says Mainland’s system won’t be affected by fog, rain or snowstorms—they will be sending two streams of information across St. Mary’s Bay, which offers two distinct advantages.

It allows twice as much through-put but more importantly it offers redundancy: if one signal is interrupted, the other one can pick up and even reassemble lost information.

Mainland has some ideas for future products—when Norman visited Brier Island last summer he thought about bringing an RV there for a vacation.

Then he started thinking about a sort of clip-on device which businesses on the Islands could rent out to short-term visitors.

If the signal tests out as strong and reliable as Norman believes it will, they may in the future look at also offering telephones and telephone service.

For customer service, Norman says Mainland can check on their own equipment from Kentville and will be creating a system that’s robust enough to keep trips from Kentville for actual repairs to a minimum.

‘Every time we have to come down here, it’s a day, so we want to avoid that,” he said.

Everything inside the home will be the homeowner’s responsibility but Mainland plans to team up with reliable local subcontractors to provide IT support.

“We’ve had great support here on the Islands from day one and we’d like to keep it that way,” he said.

Mainland Telecom Starts on Islands;

Aug. 2014

Mainland Telecom Islands Internet Update

by Chris Norman

 The reception from the Island community has been overwhelming in support for this project and I am happy Mainland Telecom has been able to bring this service to the area. Sometimes doing business can be a real pleasure and this is one of those times.

 Not only that it works as a business case but to see people so happy, this was such an unexpected bonus and we thank all of our all of your e-mails of support.

 After the tropical storm we did suffer a setback mainly brought on by the additional load placed upon Nova Scotia Power with the repairs they had to make across the province which resulted in a delay getting the power hooked up at one of our tower locations.

 By the time of this publication this should be finalized and residents of Over Cove Road and edge of Westport should be enjoying their new Internet service.

 We also suffered a minor loss of alignment on one of our links across the bay, however we had an Ariel Engineer dispatched and correcting the link on the tower the very next day.

 We would like to see our infrastructure in place mid-August for Tiverton & East Ferry, so those who have pre-register will soon be able to connect.

 For those who would like service and have still not registered I would encourage you to do so, so that we may get your locations surveyed and schedule as soon as possible.

 You may sign up on-line and get information about our packages at http:ruralbroadband.systems/ or if you prefer you may call our office at on 902-365-3132 to register your location

We had our Internet connected with Mainland Telecom in August 2014. When they started connecting Freeport they started with the Freeport Development Center and hooked two more, then came to our house to hook as they wanted to know how far up the Island their radio signal would go. They were very happy with the strength of signal, knowing they could reach up the Island a long ways.

After most of the Islanders got connected our Internet started to get weaker. The more that connected the Internet kept getting weaker to where it was not possible to stream, and took a long time to down-load.

Passages; April 2020

Mainland Telecom is pleased to announce that it is planning, and has taken steps toward, upgrades to its existing wireless network serving Brier Island, Long Island, and East Ferry.

Usage of the wireless network has increased significantly over the last few years, as more and more residents and businesses have increased their daily use of internet. This includes residents having increased amounts of connected devices and streaming subscriptions, as well as more people working remotely. Mainland understands internet has become essential for work, communication, healthcare, entertainment, tourism and attracting/retaining residents and commerce.

 Our planned upgrades will alleviate the bottlenecks that exist today and will provide internet speeds that are now being considered a necessary standard by the Federal Government. Our goal is to upgrade existing connections to be 25Mbps download / 5Mbps upload, with no change to existing monthly prices. Additionally, Mainland has upgrades planned that will allow it to offer 50Mbps/10Mbps once existing connections have been improved to 25Mbps/5Mbps.

For reference, a 25Mbps connection should allow for multiple streaming services to take place concurrently in a single home without experiencing buffering. A typical high-definition stream of Netflix content requires a 4-5Mbps connection. With a 25Mbps connection, a typical household should be able to stream Netflix, Facetime a family member or friend, and download work email attachments concurrently, without experiencing connection issues.

The upgrades taking place include, but are not limited to: increasing Mainland’s backhaul connection to its tower on mainland Nova Scotia (Clare), to increase the link capacity to Freeport and East Ferry; replacing and adding additional radios to improve the link capacity at both Freeport and East Ferry; this will provide increased bandwidth, as well as reduce the impacts of “tidal fade”; upgrading all sectors at each tower site to devices recently available from our wireless equipment manufacturer; adding two additional towers in the middle of Long Island to create a transport ring that allows for redundancy and more efficient allocation of bandwidth; **potential relocation of its existing East Ferry equipment to a provincial tower in Tiverton, to achieve much greater height and line of sight; there are no required changes to the mounted dishes and routers at the customer premise.

Mainland’s backhaul connection at its tower in Clare is the “fibre transport network” that provides the connection to the Internet for the Islands’ traffic. This increased backhaul has been ordered, with a partial bump in bandwidth being available in the coming weeks and a purchase order to more than triple the existing connection size. As well, much of the new equipment has been ordered and received.

 Once Mainland has received all the necessary equipment, it will begin sending notifications of planned outages for the phased upgrades [in the coming weeks]. These outages will be planned outside of peak usage times and will be communicated beforehand. Mainland will also be looking for a contracted Field Technician on the Islands that can take basic service calls including: dish realignments, router/ cable related issues and Tier 1 troubleshooting. We are excited to be taking the steps to improve internet services offered to residents on the Digby Islands. It is our priority to ensure that residents and businesses have access to the same speeds that the federal and provincial broadband initiatives are targeting.

The planned upgrades will achieve these targets and are taking place during a time of province-wide announcements to improve broadband in rural communities.

Nick MacArthur Mainland Telecom | Operations Manager

Looking back at our Internet history, we have had Internet but not as fast as other areas, and not as dependable as it should be. I don’t think

2021

The Coastline, Municipality of Digby

February 2021

High-Speed Internet for 1,100 More Homes

The Municipality of Digby is excited to announce high-speed internet connections for over 1,100 civic addresses with the recent round of funding released by Develop Nova Scotia. On January 25th, Develop Nova Scotia announced funding for Mainland Telecom to bring highspeed internet to Long and Brier Islands. This project is expected to connect approximately 500 addresses. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Mainland bringing high-speed internet to Long and Brier Island,” said Warden Linda Gregory.

Develop Nova Scotia also announced funding for 640 civic addresses in other parts of the municipality in partnership with Bell Canada. The Municipality is investing $259,500 with Bell to bring these projects to fruition.

The areas to be served by this project are: Acaciaville, Conway, Joggin Bridge, Smiths Cove, Lighthouse High-Speed Internet for 1,100 More Homes Road, Culloden Road, Seabrook to Roxville, Upper Crossroad, Middle Crossroad, Brighton to Barton, Doucetteville, Sissiboo Falls, Weymouth Mills, Yarmouth Road, and Ashmore to Plympton Station. “These projects will help fill in the gaps within the municipality and make high-speed internet a reality for many more families and businesses,” said Warden Linda Gregory.

 The municipality is working with Mainland and Bell to obtain more information on the areas to be served and the timelines for construction and we will share that information in the coming months.

“Develop Nova Scotia” is the Crown Corporation responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to provide high-speed Internet access across Nova Scotia.

The need for better, reliable high-speed Internet service across Nova Scotia is essential. In many ways it will have a similar impact to bringing electricity to every corner of the province so many decades ago. We understand the urgency to move as quickly as possible to address the challenge and we are getting there—faster. We are making progress. To date 90,000 homes and businesses are included as part of the project. Through this work we have identified additional underserved and captured where possible. There are approximately 4,500 remaining homes and businesses and we’re working with qualified providers on potential solutions. Since the first projects were announced in February 2020, approximately 49,000* of the total 90,000 homes and businesses that are part of our agreements with providers now have the network in place to provide new or improved high-speed internet. Providers are working to connect the rest as quickly as possible. * As of November 2021

Scope Expansion – Digby Islands

Coverage Map(s) Currently In Development.

Provider:
Mainland Telecom

Technology:
Fibre to home/business

Status:
Underway

Anticipated Completion:
December 2023*

This looks like we are stuck with our current Internet situation for at least two more years if not longer. According to Develop Nova Scotia our area is the last to receive High Speed Internet in Nova Scotia.

A lot of jobs today can be done at home, with the aid of computers. There have been people who would like to move here to live have declined to do so because they need high speed Internet to do their jobs. We do not have it. At times I think our old Dial-up system was faster.

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