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For the second time since becoming an elected official, Kings North MLA John Lohr has presented a petition for better Internet service.
"Just as it was during the election campaign, the lack of high speed Internet remains a serious issue in many parts of Kings North," says Lohr. “There are hundreds of homes lacking high speed Internet, especially on the North Mountain."
The provincial contract with Eastlink and Seaside to provide high speed Internet to every Nova Scotian home expires this year. Lohr’s petition calls on the Liberals to resolve this issue and fulfill the contract.
Once seen as a luxury, high speed Internet is now considered a basic necessity. Real estate agents also indicate that homes without high speed have been harder to sell, Lohr said.
Lloyd Cogswell, a resident of Baxters Harbour, has appealed his property assessment based on this issue.
"What began with high hopes looks likely to end in disappointment. The Internet providers seem to have given up on connecting hard to reach customers," says Lohr. "It's time our Liberal government acted to see the contract fulfilled, as this is a problem in nearly every rural area in the province."