I have been quick to criticize this telecommunication company amd continue to consider them bloodsucking opportunistic whores we have little interest in their customers.
However, I found myself in the unlikely position of agreeing with their comments presented to the Prince Edward Island government. They have indicated that they will not be enhancing what passes for high-speed Internet in the country (Basic DSL) because it is not financially viable. Indeed, why would a profit making company who answers to shareholders invest in what is guaranteed to lose money.
The fact remains that our government made a bad deal on behalf of the citizens of Prince Edward Island. They accepted basic DSL as being an acceptable level of Internet service. At the time, those of us who had dial-up Internet access were bought off by DSL. Unfortunately, our current overlords do not have the balls to stand up to the telco. They could if they wished but continue to bow to their telecommunication masters. It really is an embarrassment.
I am not a real supporter of government intruding into private business. In fact, government should reduce its involvement to those areas that are essential to a quality of life. Health, education, highways and safety. Let private industry drive the rest.
One more however. Quality high-speed Internet, in my opinion, has become an essential service. It will become more so. Therefore, I agree that there is a role for government in enhancing the quality of Internet service provided to rural Prince Edward Island. If rural life in Prince Edward Island is to thrive we will need improved Internet access.
Some years ago I was advised by an executive of Bell Aliant that there were hundreds of kilometres of dark fibre on PEI and at some point in the future it would be lit. I have to wonder if that is still the case. I quickly acknowledge I don’t know.
I also wonder that if the original deal with Bell Alliant had been fair and EastLink had won the tender what would our service be like today? EastLink has recently strung fibre out Brackley point Road given many rural citizens access to quality telecommunication service.
Maybe if our liberal overlords grew some balls and broke the existing contract things might be different.
One more point. The DSL service that I have is reliable and I have never had any quality of service issue with the actual bandwidth. The few times that it has gone down as had nothing to do with the telco but rather caused by incidence initiated by third parties. (Including my German Shepherd’s chewing through the cable.). The point I am trying to make is that basic DSL is no longer satisfactory nor is it sufficient to access modern essential services and government could make it happen.
Unfortunately, due to misdeeds of numerous governments our tiny jurisdiction is now flat broke and there is no money to spend. We need another BRAND initiative but that will take federal backing. I fear sunny ways has other things to interest him.