I would like to comment and clarify some facts in your article “High-speed Gets Fast Tracked” recently published in the Gazette.
The particular portion I speak of is “There are stop-sell orders from both Telus and Keta Cable, and no alternate source of Internet service whatsoever.” This is untrue.
There is another internet company on the North Island, and that is Ragged Edge Community Network Society. For the sake of honesty and correct information I would like to add that the other option for Internet service is satellite.
Ragged Edge is a community based, member-run, Not for Profit Company. Ragged Edge has been in operation since 2005. We provide internet services to un-serviced (when possible) and under-served communities on the North Island. Currently we have over 380 customers in the North Island in the communities of Telegraph Cove, Alder Bay Resort, Quatsino, Quatsino First Nations, Zeballos, Malcolm Island, Holberg, Hyde Creek, Coal Harbour, and portions of Cormorant Island and Port McNeill.
Ragged Edge is willing to work with communities to expand coverage areas. We provide 900MHz or 3.65GHz high speed Internet service and we are currently accepting new customers.