Make cellphone service an election issue
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.