Rural families shouldn’t have their broadband internet capped

July 7, 2015

(Shelburne, NS) NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau says the McNeil government needs to step in and tell Eastlink it can’t cap internet broadband in rural communities. He says the province helped pay for the infrastructure so rural communities could have access to high speed internet and limiting access places rural economies at a disadvantage.

“In 2007 an agreement was reached with companies like Eastlink to help bring rural Nova Scotia into the 21st century when it comes to internet access,” says Belliveau. “This newly announced cap really sends us back to the 1990s when it comes to technology. The province paid $20 million to bring this service to rural communities and as such the Minister of Business needs to tell Eastlink this can’t stand.”

Belliveau says in the past few hours he’s already heard from several individuals and businesses who are concerned about the impact of this cap. Belliveau also wants to know if this will mean added costs to schools in rural communities that have access to high speed internet.

“This change impacts seniors who communicate with their families via Skype, it impacts young people who use the internet to find work, and it especially impacts rural businesses that rely on the internet to both sell and market their products and services. The Minister needs to intervene immediately and ask that the cap be removed,” says Belliveau.

Eastlink’s Rural Connect service is currently available in Annapolis, Hants, Digby, Yarmouth, Queens, Lunenburg, Shelburne and Kings counties.