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  • John Austin
    September 08, 2010 - 10:56

    How far (line-of-sight) are you from a community with broadband access ? There are a number of options that can carry high-speed access by radio on a line-of-sight path. You need to have access at one end of this solution, say a friend's house or a business. Look at http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wireless/point-to-point-bridge.php The web site http://www.radiolabs.com has a lot of information about this. Note the example provides up to 5 miles range for $400. There are other vendors with different equipment with more range (say 40 miles). The world record is several hundred miles but you need two suitably placed mountaintops for that. For interests sake Google "pringles can antenna".

  • Morley
    September 04, 2010 - 07:54

    Broadband covers several possibilities; fibre optic cable, wireless, satellite, ADSL over phone wires. Running underground fibre optic cable long distance through solid rock would be expensive. Wireless requires a microwave tower within a couple of miles. Upgrading phone wires to handle ADSL has less costs, but there is additional upgrade costs. Satellite coverage could serve all of the island. Of course you have to buy a satellite dish but it may be a competitive option going forward.

    • John Austin
      September 08, 2010 - 11:05

      ADSL requires a twisted pair (subscriber loop) to the telco equipment. Speed drops off with distance and 18,000 feet used to be the practical limit. Satellite coverage is almost unusable due to network latency (round-trip-time) as datagrams travel 40,000 km up to the geostationary satellite and 40,000 km back down to the ISP. A simple response also has to follow the same path. This means 160,000km at the speed of light (300,000km/sec). So the fastest response time is over one half second. This is why satellite links are not used for long distance phone calls any more. Satellite service was used in Greenland until the Greenland Connect submarine cable was installed last year. It was the only choice at the time.

  • Eugene from Town
    September 04, 2010 - 06:19

    Careful Ev, some union leader suggested his members were being treated like 2nd class citizens and is the subject of a defamation suit. Suggesting that Danny et al are treating you like 3rd class citizens might get you sequestered to the stock.

  • Sarah
    September 03, 2010 - 14:28

    EV - I'm sorry to hear that and want you to know that, regardless of how the government treats you, we are tremendously grateful for all that you do.

  • Ev
    September 03, 2010 - 10:03

    I live in a farming area with not many houses, which are far apart, so I guess we'll never get broadband, even though you need it for business. We can't even get a good road. We produce food for people but we are treated like third class citizens.

  • wally
    September 03, 2010 - 09:27

    For years now most residents of Bell Island have had high speed internet access. Only the communities of Lance Cove, Bickfordville and Freshwater on the island's west end are still stuck with modem dial-up which is virtually useless at best and often nonexistent during rainy weather. Since there is no government site in the area I guess the residents there will have to do without. Talk about third world! If the service was provided I'd bet every household with a computer would sign on.