Make cell­phone ser­vice an elec­tion is­sue

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

We have no cell ser­vice in most ar­eas of Trin­ity South and I know it’s spo­radic in many other ar­eas of the Bac­calieu Trail. No doubt it’s also the same in many ru­ral ar­eas of the prov­ince.

In this day of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, one would think that our prov­ince would have cell­phone cov­er­age every­where! It could be a mat­ter of life and death!

We pay for cell ser­vice in New Per­li­can, but can­not use it un­til we ar­rive in the Vic­to­ria-Car­bon­ear area. We need ser­vice in ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador and in­deed all across Canada in ru­ral ar­eas. If re­bates have to be given to the cell­phone com­pa­nies to pro­vide this ser­vice, then I be­lieve it is time for some of our tax dol­lars to be used for some­thing that would ben­e­fit so many peo­ple.

My fam­ily was touched re­cently by an ac­ci­dent and lack of cell­phone ser­vice in the area cer­tainly caused some grief. I know there are many fam­i­lies with sim­i­lar sto­ries. We have some treach­er­ous road­ways in win­ter that need cell ser­vice.

I un­der­stand that all town coun­cils in this prov­ince have been asked to de­velop emer­gency meas- ures plans; how can they do that in ar­eas where there is no back-up phone ser­vice?

The gov­ern­ment has been in­volved in get­ting In­ter­net ser­vice for ru­ral ar­eas of Canada; why not do like­wise with cell­phone ser­vice?

Let’s make lack of cell­phone cov­er­age a ma­jor is­sue in this elec­tion! When some­one knocks on your door, ask them if they have cell­phone ser­vice on your doorstep? If not, com­plain! That might make them re­al­ize how se­ri­ous we are about this prob­lem.

We all know that many prom­ises are made dur­ing elec­tions, so let’s get some prom­ises on pro­vid­ing good cell­phone cov­er­age in ru­ral ar­eas!

Eileen Matthews writes

from New Per­li­can

My fam­ily was touched re­cently by an ac­ci­dent and lack of cell­phone ser­vice in the area cer­tainly caused some grief. I know there are many fam­i­lies with sim­i­lar sto­ries.

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