The McLay’s hope that more people will become vocal about the issue.
“Our society, and certainly our government are shifting to a mindset where if it doesn’t pay, you don’t get it; and if you’re not in an area that’s financially viable all other values are thrown out the window,” she said. “There’s no value to anything unless it leads to a dollar bill, which is heart breaking.
“In our society I don’t think anyone has suffered enough to get angry enough to rise up and make enough noise about it. People are very passive.”
The concerns of access to high-speed Internet service echo the tumultuous issues decades ago when the Smallwood government was seeking ways to resolve the need for essential services to communities. Times have changed, and with that so have the required essential needs.
As Ms. McLay states, “This day and age having access to high speed is like communities back in the ‘50s and ‘60s that still didn’t have electricity. They were considered very deprived.”
They recommend to voice concerns about Internet access to contact:
Minister Keith Hutchings (Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development)
Confederation Building, West Block, Second Floor
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-4728
Fax: (709) 729-0654