Glavine riled over Internet connectivity issues

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Perhaps the best way to describe the Internet service many Kings County residents receive is low speed or no speed.

A committee will be struck to look into the lack of high-speed Internet connectivity following a public meeting in Hall’s Harbour.

Huntington Point resident Mike Innis organized the meeting with the goal of establishing a committee to help improve communications and get the lack of high-speed service addressed.

There was a positive response to the idea from those in attendance and Eastlink senior director of Internet Operations and Engineering David Craig said the company would be happy to participate in such a committee.

Kings West MLA Leo Glavine said he’d begin working to set it up with the Department of Economic and Rural Development the following day.

Glavine, the only elected official to attend the Nov. 21 public meeting at the Hall’s Harbour fire hall, described Internet connectivity in Kings County as less than third world in many regards. He called on Eastlink to improve customer service, as there is a high level of frustration in Kings. Glavine said there have been cases of business neglect on the part of the service provider.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, Nov. 27 edition of the Kings County Advertiser.

Organizations: Department of Economic and Rural Development

Geographic location: Kings, Huntington Point

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  • High Speed Internet for Rural Nova Scotia - Facebook
    November 26, 2012 - 22:29

    Eastlink's website says "As a partner in the province’s Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative, we are pleased to report that we are connecting more and more Nova Scotians to Eastlink High Speed Internet every day!" Interesting! More Nova Scotians are connected everyday! As of 2011 Eastlink stated that about 600 homes were left to be hooked up. We are now the end of 2012. Lets for a moment pretend that Eastlink hooks up just one customer per day, they would have hooked up 365 homes in 2011, leaving just 235 homes for 2012 which means that on July 22nd of this year, Eastlink would have fulfilled their promise to hook up high speed internet to everyone that was left. If they can't do simple math, how capable are they to do their jobs?

  • High Speed Internet for Rural Nova Scotia
    November 25, 2012 - 18:34

    A Facebook page "High Speed Internet for Rural Nova Scotia" has been created. If you don't have internet access or no high speed internet, this page is for you! There are reportedly 600 homes are left to be hooked up. We feel this number is much higher. Feel free to let us know where you live and share this page with others who are in the same situation so we have a better picture of which areas need to be hooked up. 'Like' this page and you will be able to follow what is currently being done to bring you high speed internet. Thank you and lets work together to make this happen!

  • Michael Innis
    November 25, 2012 - 13:16

    My frustation level has increased as my research continues on this subject. Back in 2006 two internet towers were erected in the Halls Harbour and Scotts Bay areas to provide high speed to the residents, but were removed after a complaint was received from one halls harbour resident. Apparently Kings Co. council had no small scale internet tower by-law. This was reported on by your own paper. It is my hope that Kings Co. has not been the reason that I have been without high speed for all this time.