End in sight for those waiting for hi-speed
It’s crunch time for the Coaticook MRC: it has until the end of this year to complete their project to bring high speed internet to their entire territory. “We have already installed around seventeen ‘cells’ of high speed internet service. About two hundred people have been connected,” said Hugues Menard of the Coaticook MRC. Xittel is the internet service provider that they are working with.
Equipment to provide high-speed internet service has finally been installed on the tower on top of Mount Hereford. “We had a problem with the connection but this should be fixed within a week or two,” explained Mr. Menard. That installation will bring the service to hundreds of households since most people with a line of sight with the tower can use it.
There are still households in Stanstead East, Dixville, Compton, St. Hermenegilde, Ste-Edwidge and St. Malo without high speed internet service. “We may put up mini-towers where there are three or four clients together. First we have to see what is covered by the tower on Mt. Hereford. Then we’ll put up stronger equipment where needed and look into other strategies for those ‘black holes’,” Mr. Menard added. “We’ve had mostly good feedback about the service. People say they are happy to be in the 21st century,” he concluded.
Residents of the Coaticook MRC who are not yet able to get high speed internet service can call Xittel at 1 866 8533232, leave their name and number, and someone will contact them when the service is available in their sector. There are installation fees and then a monthly fee for the service. The company guarantees a speed of two megabytes per second and thirty gigabytes of upload/download a month.