Baddeck and Wagmatcook's high-speed internet is here... almost
Wagmatcook and Baddeck residents eager to experience new service
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.”