Spotty ser­vice

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find ways to build the net­work ef­fi­ciently and in a timely fash­ion.”

Matt Po­vah, an IT spe­cial­ist for the Town of Wind­sor, has as­sisted Brook­lyn and Hantsport in im­prov­ing In­ter­net ser­vice. He spoke at the meet­ing about the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of broad­band op­ti­cal fi­bre In­ter­net at a rea­son­able cost.

Kep­pie said he be­lieves im­proved In­ter­net ser­vice would ac­tu­ally in­crease prop­erty val­ues by $10,000 or $20,000, but the re­quire­ment is com­mu­nity co­op­er­a­tion.

He says there is a big gap be­tween Wolfville and Wind­sor. Three providers of­fer In­ter­net ser­vice cur­rently, and three ca­bles run right past the vil­lage.

The first aim is to ex­plore the An­napo­lis Val­ley Fi­bre Net­work. Grants from var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment could help beef up the ser­vice. Kep­pie is hop­ing to gauge whether there is enough in­ter­est to set up a pub­lic/pri­vate part­ner­ship. clud­ing high speed In­ter­net with speeds up to 100 Mbps and higher - to hun­dreds of small towns and com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince in­clud­ing Wolfville, Avon­port, Hantsport, Wind­sor and parts of Grand Pré.

“We con­stantly re­view op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand and up­grade where it is eco­nom­i­cally vi­able to do so,” Laing said. “We work closely with many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups in their ef­forts to bring higher speed In­ter­net to more small com­mu­ni­ties in their ar­eas.”

Eastlink, she said, sub­mit­ted a pro­posal last fall in re­sponse to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s re­quest for in­for­ma­tion for In­ter­net so­lu­tions in com­mu­ni­ties where there is less than five Mbps ser­vice.

“We are pre­par­ing pro­pos­als to par­tic­i­pate in the lat­est Con­nect to In­no­vate pro­gram,” she added.

Laing added that Eastlink has reached out to the Grand Pré and Area Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion to bet­ter un­der­stand what op­por­tu­ni­ties there may be to work to­gether to ex­pand ser­vices in the area.

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