Bad­deck and Wag­mat­cook's high-speed in­ter­net is here... al­most

Wag­mat­cook and Bad­deck res­i­dents ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence new ser­vice

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - AN­DREW BROOKS

Last De­cem­ber, The Stan­dard re­ported that Sea­side Com­mu­ni­ca­tions was bring­ing high­speed, fi­bre-to-the-node (fi­bre op­tic into town, coax­ial ca­ble from ‘nodes’ to homes) in­ter­net into Wag­mat­cook and Bad­deck. The ini­tial end-of-march launch date has come and gone how­ever, leav­ing many won­der­ing the sta­tus of the project. To get an up­date, The Stan­dard reached Sea­side spokesper­son Parker Don­ham via tele­phone May 4.

“We've com­pleted our part on sched­ule and we're wait­ing on a step that a third party must take be­fore we can con­tinue,” said Don­ham. “Once that's done, we'll have a lit­tle bit more work to do, but it will go very, very quickly. The prob­lem is, we can't get a firm timetable, but we're work­ing hard to get it.”

Don­ham would not com­ment on which com­pany or what step is be­ing waited on, how­ever, N.S. Power Se­nior Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ad­vi­sor Tif­fany Chase con­firmed via email May 7 that 9km of tree-trim­ming is cur­rently be­ing per­formed by a N.S. Power con­trac­tor to al­low for the fi­bre op­tic ca­bles to be con­nected to the com­mu­ni­ties.

“The project plan­ning was some­what de­layed as our crews were kept busy this win­ter re­spond­ing to more storms than usual,” said Chase. “We had double the amount of storm days this win­ter com­pared to last year. Our con­trac­tor be­gan work on-site at the end of April, and will con­tinue work­ing un­til the project is com­pleted.”

Don­ham said that in­fra­struc­ture up­grades in Bad­deck are com­pleted and on the ad­min­is­tra­tive side of things, Sea­side is ready to roll out the new pro­grams. He con­firmed that pack­ages and pric­ing will be the same as what is cur­rently be­ing of­fered in the CBRM. For de­tails of pack­ages and pric­ing, visit www.sea­side.ns.ca.

In the mean­time, Don­ham shares the frus­tra­tion of those tired of wait­ing.

“We have a big in­vest­ment in the ground now that we'd like to start us­ing, and we know how badly the peo­ple of Bad­deck want to start us­ing it. We're in this to­gether and we're do­ing our level best to get it done.”

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