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At a regular town council meeting in St. Anthony last month, slow Internet was flagged as an issue facing locals.

Although the community has high speed Internet, over the past several months businesses, the Town of St. Anthony and individuals have been complaining that service is much slower than it has been in the past.

Desmond McDonald is one of those who has experienced the slow Internet speeds. A member of council and the manager of a local hotel, McDonald is advocating for those who have also complained to him about the Internet speeds.

“I know myself, operating a business, and around town, there has been a noticeable decrease in service day-to-day,” he said.

Although there are no definitive explanations, McDonald took it upon himself to contact Bell Aliant, the local Internet high speed service provider, to ask what has been happening.

“I’ve had conversations with Bell Aliant about it,” he said. “They said it’s the congestion. And it’s only expected to get worse.”

There is one Fibe — formerly FibreOp — Internet access, and it runs the full way across town. But it belongs to a private business, Anthony Insurance. They paid for the cable.

Councillor Eric Boyd wanted to know more about why there is no access to Fibe for the remainder of the community.

“It’s here in town,” he said. “Why can’t they expand on that? What’s their reasons? Because it’s dedicated?”

Boyd would like to see the Fibe option go public by Bell Aliant, as would all councillors in attendance at the meeting. McDonald said it wasn’t possible to use the current fibre optic system.

“I contacted Bell Aliant about possibly piggy backing off the system that’s run to the private business,” McDonald said. “They said that it’s a dedicated link and it’s not available to anyone else in town.”

He believes things will continue to get more congested once Goose Cove and Main Brook come online. It was recently announced those communities, along with several more along the French Shore, will be getting broadband capability.

McDonald is already in the process of getting his own dedicated link, but the town wants the availability to be there for all.

A motion was passed to contact Bell Aliant on behalf of the citizens of St. Anthony to push for better Internet service.

But until then, McDonald warned those in the area can expect slower than usual speeds.

In a statement from Bell Aliant, the company confirmed it was aware of the increased demand for broadband Internet service in the area, and they do plan to upgrade the network by early 2017.

“Fibe service requires a dedicated fibre link into the home. It is an expensive undertaking and the necessary investment can be difficult to justify in smaller communities so we have no plans for Fibe in St. Anthony for the foreseeable future,” according to the spokesperson.

Although the community has high speed Internet, over the past several months businesses, the Town of St. Anthony and individuals have been complaining that service is much slower than it has been in the past.

Desmond McDonald is one of those who has experienced the slow Internet speeds. A member of council and the manager of a local hotel, McDonald is advocating for those who have also complained to him about the Internet speeds.

“I know myself, operating a business, and around town, there has been a noticeable decrease in service day-to-day,” he said.

Although there are no definitive explanations, McDonald took it upon himself to contact Bell Aliant, the local Internet high speed service provider, to ask what has been happening.

“I’ve had conversations with Bell Aliant about it,” he said. “They said it’s the congestion. And it’s only expected to get worse.”

There is one Fibe — formerly FibreOp — Internet access, and it runs the full way across town. But it belongs to a private business, Anthony Insurance. They paid for the cable.

Councillor Eric Boyd wanted to know more about why there is no access to Fibe for the remainder of the community.

“It’s here in town,” he said. “Why can’t they expand on that? What’s their reasons? Because it’s dedicated?”

Boyd would like to see the Fibe option go public by Bell Aliant, as would all councillors in attendance at the meeting. McDonald said it wasn’t possible to use the current fibre optic system.

“I contacted Bell Aliant about possibly piggy backing off the system that’s run to the private business,” McDonald said. “They said that it’s a dedicated link and it’s not available to anyone else in town.”

He believes things will continue to get more congested once Goose Cove and Main Brook come online. It was recently announced those communities, along with several more along the French Shore, will be getting broadband capability.

McDonald is already in the process of getting his own dedicated link, but the town wants the availability to be there for all.

A motion was passed to contact Bell Aliant on behalf of the citizens of St. Anthony to push for better Internet service.

But until then, McDonald warned those in the area can expect slower than usual speeds.

In a statement from Bell Aliant, the company confirmed it was aware of the increased demand for broadband Internet service in the area, and they do plan to upgrade the network by early 2017.

“Fibe service requires a dedicated fibre link into the home. It is an expensive undertaking and the necessary investment can be difficult to justify in smaller communities so we have no plans for Fibe in St. Anthony for the foreseeable future,” according to the spokesperson.

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