Optic Network

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:

Debbie Hennigar and Lance Hale were introduced and presented to Council referring to precirculated information as well as briefing notes circulated at the meeting. The proposed network will connect municipal governments, health facilities, Nova Scotia Community College and Acadia University. The build will be in two phases, Halifax to Kentville and Kentville to Middleton. The network will connect to FUNDYWeb at  Middleton and run to Meteghan. The cost for phase one is $1,967,949 of which Wolfville’s share would be 1.08%. Wolfville’s total percentage for phases one and two would be .72%. The Chief Administrative Officer noted that a line item of $20,000.00 had been included in the budget and then reduced to $10,000.00 with intent to finance over a two year period. A business plan is needed for Councils. This network would not be a provider as such and would not be competition to Aliant or Eastlink….

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.

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