You may have seen the “bit” on TV last night about the Valley
Fibre Optic Network. That presentation gave the impression this was a
network that would benefit individuals in many small communities. We listened carefully and at no point did they say – ” this will only benefit institutions“.
If you were in the know you might have noticed that one of the spokespersons said – this will be good for health [read hospital] , education [read schools, universities, community colleges], and municipalities [ read government], this could be mis-construed as a general benefit.
While they ran the clip they showed visuals of individual houses, not
just large institutional buildings, which gives the wrong impression
entirely to anyone not clued into what this is.
We posted on this previously.
The Town of Wolfville has bought into this network (unlike Kentville
which could not see the benefit for their Town’s residents even though they have a hospital and the KingsTech there which would benefit just as Wolfville has Acadia which would benefit.)
This is from the May 2005 minutes:
02-05-05: WYRE/MANGLE THAT THE TOWN OF WOLFVILLE SUPPORT THE VALLEY COMMUNITY FIBRE NETWORK AT THE PERCENTAGE LEVEL OF 5.71 (OR $21,257.02) INDICATED IN THE PRESENTATION PAPER. CARRIED.
This is a network that is of benefit only to large institutions which are naturally also contributing. It is definitely of benefit to Acadia, but should Wolfville taxpayers subsidise them further than they already do through other taxes?
Kentville declined to make their residents further subsidise the
Hospital and Kings Tech. Yes, it will be something the municipality can link into (so could Kentville Town Hall) but it is not as if they had no other high speed options. Do we really need this extra cost? We are just asking the question.
We especially dislike the snow job the media tries to do on us by presenting this as something rural communities shouldn’t be without by portraying it as something other than what it is.