Internet Construction Begins in Pugwash
The hope for some fairness in rural internet service is slowly taking shape in Cumberland County. In a partnership with Colchester, the county embarked on providing so-called high speed service to areas that were woefully lacking compared to fibre-op and cable service which is so freely available at competitive prices across Canada.
The counties and provincial governments are investing millions in subsidies for a combination of companies to provide wired and wireless services throughout the region.
Proof of one installation is under construction behind the Pugwash Fire Department where a 150 foot tower will provide coverage for the community as part of a wireless service from Xplornet.
Other installations are being built throughout the region, though timetable has been announced for launch of any of the services.
The COVID crisis was a great reminder of the inequality of internet services when people were asked to work from home. Great for the cities and large towns, but totally inadequate for most of rural Nova Scotia.
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