Seaside High Speed can see the end of the tunnel when it comes to its commitment to connect Cumberland County to provide high-speed Internet.The company announced Friday that 16 more county communities have gained access to broadband service, giving residents and businesses in those area the same opportunities as those in larger centres.
"We're doing very good in Cumberland County. We've had service there since our pilot project in 2005-06 and we're getting closer to total coverage," company spokesperson Adam Conter said.
Among the latest communities to receive service are Amherst Point, Barronsfield, Brookdale, Fort Lawrence, Hastings, Lower Maccan, Minudie, Nappan, Salem and Upper Nappan.
"The network now covers more than 93 per cent of Seaside's assigned service territory in northeastern Nova Scotia. We have continued to work through the winter to design the remaining structures necessary to complete the network and we look forward to its completion," said general manager David Horton.
Conter said the number is similar in Cumberland County, adding the company has ordered the final 20 or so poles that house the network nodules. Of that, four or five are headed to Cumberland County to fill service gaps in the area.
Seaside is the high-speed provider for Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish counties as well as Guysborough and Cape Breton.
"We're working diligently throughout the county to find the appropriate spots to put the towers to fill in the last few gaps that remain," said Conter, adding there are clusters of five or six homes in certain areas that require extra attention because of challenges such as geography and topography.
"We have to make sure the signal is not only available but reliable and make sure our equipment is mounted at an appropriate height so that once you're installed, there are no more concerns."
This broadband service is available under the province's Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative.
When completed, the province will have high-speed Internet access, making Nova Scotia one of the most connected jurisdictions in North America.