New high speed internet option announced for residents in Shortts Lake and surrounding area

Residents in the Shortts Lake area have a new option for high speed internet with a project led by the non-profit organization @NS and private enterprise NCS Network.

@NS, formerly the Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSC@P), says in a release that the erection of a 30 metre tower at a site on Shortts Lake West Road in January of this year was a major stepping stone.

The necessary connections were completed in March and testing was carried out to ensure the expected speeds were reached.

The original plan was to service up to 300 homes along a 13 kilometre stretch in the Shortts Lake area, but testing indicates more homes in the area are able to be connected. 

Emerich Winkler of NCS Network says they can hit speeds of 15 megabits per second (Mbps), or higher in some cases, and can provide access to some people who had no previous option for high speed internet.

Funding for the equipment needed was provided by a Municipal and Community Rural High Speed Internet Funding grant, administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Business.