Reliable Internet a priority
March 31, 2015
Thank you for the article last week about the significant gaps in the Internet broadband service. Your story was from north of the village of Haliburton. South, on the Old Donald Road, we are struggling with the same issues of cost and reliability. These basic problems compound when attempting to volunteer as well as create educational issues for our youth. Many politicians have been on the public record about maintaining our young people in the rural community. The Internet is a new tool, so we are told that makes this possible. The primary tool for communication to volunteer with organizations or with government now is the Internet. Our school age young people live on the school bus routes. Last fall our school representatives were asked about the coverage of the DSL service matching the school bus routes. This would be a strong indication of where permanent residents live. Why is that map not available and used as a guide for investment in our future of where communication technology is needed? Affordable Internet is out of reach for community pockets rated at the bottom of the economic scale. Where and what is the real priority to invest in our future?