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LETTER: Well connected, not!


Admittedly the subject of connecting to the Internet at home only became a concern when I was closing in on my retirement date in May of this year.

Several weeks before I began to investigate the possibilities. I know that high speed internet through Aliant was not an option for the households in Jordan Ferry even though Fibre Op was being routed all around us.

Our part of the county was just outside their limits. My second choice was Broadband through EastLink and that also was not to be, as the techs couldn’t get a signal even though my neighbours on either side of me could. It happens that my trees along the shoreline are the problem. I even offered to put up a pole at the shoreline, which would offer an unobstructed “line of sight” to East Link’s tower in Lockeport, but was told that the antenna has to be affixed to the residence.

So, where does this leave me? The only viable option was a personal “MiFi” which is linked through Aliant’s cell phone network. I learned quickly that this is a very expensive proposition. If I dared to download a YouTube video of cute kittens or how to build raised plant beds, I might as well turn over my pension cheque to Aliant. I did learn from a reliable source that Aliant offered “turbo sticks” (Wi-Fi) to a group of customers in an area of PEI who were not able to get internet service and charged them the going rate for regular high speed internet as if they were getting it through their land lines.

Now figure this out. I just returned from a motorcycle road trip through the Province of Newfoundland (excluding Labrador) and there was not one area of the Province that we visited, and we visited some remote spots, which did not have high speed Internet. One area didn’t have cell phone coverage, but guess what, they had high speed internet.

So what’s next? Get the local and provincial politicians involved? A petition campaign? To be fair though, I haven’t checked with everyone along Sandy Point Road from this side to see what Internet system they have.

To me it is a little creepy sitting in the Tim Horton’s parking lot with a laptop utilizing their free Wi-Fi to check out the latest and greatest on the World Wide Web.

 

Jacques Rioux

Disconnected in Jordan Ferry

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