Get­ting up to speed

Meat Cove, Nova Sco­tia’s most re­mote com­mu­nity, now has high-speed In­ter­net ser­vice.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY TOM AY­ERS tay­ers@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — Nova Sco­tia’s most re­mote com­mu­nity now has speedy ac­cess to the In­ter­net.

Sea­side High-Speed In­ter­net an­nounced Tues­day that its ser­vice has now reached Meat Cove on the north­ern-most tip of the prov­ince. How­ever, about 15 homes and busi­nesses seek­ing the ser­vice won’t be hooked up un­til Mon­day.

“ We are happy that we are fi­nally go­ing to re­ceive high speed,” said Meat Cove Com­mu­nity Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Der­rick MacLel­lan. The com­mu­nity cen­tre also houses the Meat Cove In­ter­net Cafe and Tea Room, which is the lo­cal Com­mu­nity Ac­cess Pro­gram site for pub­lic In­ter­net ac­cess.

MacLel­lan said tourism is vi­tal to the re­mote com­mu­nity’s econ­omy and high­speed In­ter­net ac­cess will pro­vide a boost.

“When tourists or even the gen­eral pub­lic come in, the first thing they ask for is In­ter­net,” he said. “ The In­ter­net, that helps to draw peo­ple in and use our hik­ing trail and tea room.”

MacLel­lan said high­speed In­ter­net was avail­able a cou­ple of years ago through a satel­lite ser­vice provider, but the cost of $150 a month was pro­hib­i­tive, so it was dropped.

Sea­side spokesman Adam Con­ter said the com­pany’s net­work con­sists of fi­bre op­tic ca­bles feed­ing data to wireless trans­mit­ters across the prov­ince, and it is a feather in the compa- ny’s cap to reach Meat Cove, which is in a low-ly­ing area sur­rounded by cliffs fac­ing north to the Cabot Strait.

Wireless trans­mis­sion and re­cep­tion are “af­fected by ge­og­ra­phy and to­pog­ra­phy, so some ar­eas are harder to hit than oth­ers,” he said.

With the new ser­vice, busi­nesses and homes in Meat Cove will have ac­cess to the In­ter­net at 1.5

We are happy that we are fi­nally go­ing to get high speed. Der­rick MacLel­lan, co-or­di­na­tor, Meat Cove Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

megabits per sec­ond, equal to the speed of ser­vice in most ar­eas of the prov­ince.

Con­ter said Sea­side will con­tinue to roll out high-speed In­ter­net to other com­mu­ni­ties through­out north­east­ern Nova Sco­tia, as well, un­der the prov­ince’s Broad­band for Ru­ral Nova Sco­tia ini­tia­tive.

Sea­side High-Speed In­ter­net is a divi­sion of the Sea­side group of com­pa­nies that has been pro­vid­ing Cape Bre­ton com­mu­ni­ties with ca­ble tele­vi­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices for over 30 years.

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