FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2010
As the successful competitive bidder in the Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative for the areas of Annapolis, Digby, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties, Eastlink is pleased to report that 100% of our Rural Broadband network has been completed, making Eastlink High Speed Wireless internet available to all Nova Scotians in these counties.
The Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative is an unprecedented initiative in North America. Getting High Speed Wireless to rural Nova Scotians is an extremely complex initiative involving many stakeholders and the diverse and challenging geography of this part of the country. In our conversations with Nova Scotians across our territory, we’re often asked as to what exactly 100% network completion actually means.
What it means is that all of our towers, related equipment and connections that provide high speed internet service availability to Nova Scotians in these counties are ready to service residents in those counties. We are connecting 100’s of customers every week to this new network enabling ecommerce, distance education, working at home and other applications more accessible. As is the case in all of our service areas across Canada, Eastlink crews will continue to connect new customers who desire this service into the future.
This is an important project for Eastlink, and one we continue to take very seriously. Standard for any network, wired or wireless, we do expect to have a relatively small number of challenging installations due to our unique topography and very remote locations but we are committed to ensuring that all Nova Scotians in our territory who want High Speed Wireless Internet get connected.
We encourage anyone who wants High Speed Internet to call Eastlink and ask to speak with an Eastlink Rural Broadband representative to book a signal test and installation. 1 888 345-1111 (residential) and 1 877-813-1727 (business).
For more information, visit www.Eastlink.ca/internet/ruralwireless.
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