Province responds to broadband complaints
The quality of broadband internet in rural Nova Scotia continues to be topic on Information Morning.
Last week, we spoke with Nancy Godfrey. She founded a facebook page called "Faux-Broadband Annapolis". Godfrey started the group because she says "broadband" is a misleading designation for the internet service people receive in some rural areas.
We made interview requests last week to both Eastlink and the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. We renewed those requests on Monday and, once again, both Eastlink and the Province have declined our request.
However, the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism sent us this statement Monday afternoon:
"There's no question that high-speed internet access is important to people and businesses.
We are working to ensure that Eastlink lives up to the terms of the Broadband for Rural N.S. contract they signed in 2007 and expires in December 2014.
This project has been more challenging than anyone expected and everyone is working very hard to find solution in harder-to-serve areas. We remain confident that a solution will be found.
Questions from customers should be directed to Eastlink, the service provider under contract."
That is a statement we received from the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. Acommunications person with the Province says they will see if someone can speak with us later this week.