Rural residents asked to be patient as Internet company looks for land to place a pole

Sherry Martell
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EARLTOWN - Officials with Seaside Communications are asking people to be patient as they work to fill gaps in service coverage.
About 25 people met at the Earltown Community Hall on Wednesday night to learn the progress of the pioneer communications project and to find out when service would become available in their area.
"Right here we're in a signal hole, there is no doubt about that," said Jim DeWolfe, regional manager for Seaside Communications.
"What we have to do to fix that, simply, is find out who owns land that we could put in a repeater pole that may be 15-metres high to see the signal poles."
He describes the broadband network as being similar to the skeleton of a fish, where the signal poles form the backbone support and the repeater poles are like ribs that reach out to the sides.
Businessman Todd McAvoy was one of the first people in Earltown to access the new service when it became available to a limited number of residences in the area about two months ago.
He said once it was turned on it was
like comparing night and day to dial-up
Internet, a tool he described as "absolutely excruciating."
"I was at the meeting to show support for what they are doing," said McAvoy, owner of Cutting Edge Signs, a business dependent on Internet to exchange graphics, information and photo files.
"There were some people who came to the meeting upset but walked away with a better understanding of what they (Seaside Communications) are trying to do."
Seaside Communications has held 38 community meetings to share their progress with people wanting the high-speed service.
Adam Conter, the company's communications director, said by the end of this year about 35,100 of the 38,000 homes and businesses in their territory spanning nine counties in northeastern Nova Scotia, or about 93 per cent, will have access to high-speed broadband service.
"We are moving forward at a cataclysmic speed," said Conter, adding this is the
first project of its kind in North America. "We have taken on the most aggressive attempt ever to cover a geographic area with broadband Internet."
He said their goal moving forward is to identify signal holes in the network and to erect infrastructure to fill service gaps to wrap up the project within the next six months.

smartell@transcontinental.ca

Organizations: Seaside Communications, Earltown Community Hall

Geographic location: Northeastern Nova Scotia, North America

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