We’re not entirely sure why Telus Communications has picked this time to finally move on installing desperately needed fibre-optic wire to the North Island.
Indeed, we won’t be certain the company is actually moving until we see ground being broken.
For years local officials have cajoled, pleaded and demanded action from Telus, which has a virtual monopoly on both high-speed internet and cellular phone access in the region.
But the Regional District and municipalities have not had the leverage to pry more than promises from the company.
Neither, it appears, was the ignomy of turning away new customers due to lack of bandwidth enough to shame Telus into laying new wire.
It’s possible the carrier has just discovered its humanitarian side and chosen to budget $10 million to benefit the North Island’s business prospects and residential users.
But we wonder if it hasn’t been gently pushed along by the arrival of rival Rogers Telecommunications onto the local cell scene.Or, perhaps, by Cape Scott Wind Farm owner GDF Suez, which is paying for its own fibre-optic line but has nothing to connect it to.
Whatever the reason, we welcome any effort that will connect the North Island to the 21st Century. Break out the backhoes.