End in sight for those wait­ing for hi-speed

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Coat­i­cook

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.

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