Interventions Phase 2: Intervenor 440

Document Name: 2015-134.226845.2519078.Interventions Phase 2(1hzq#01!).html

I live in the a rural area of southwest Nova Scotia. I am a single mom, I work a full time job as well as a casual job that requires me to work at home with an internet connection. I am also doing graduate courses, also requiring an internet connection. Unfortunately, in my area, the only service we have is through eastlink. It has a data cap of 15 GB, which does not take me long use, so my internet bill gets quite expensive. It is also very unreliable-very slow, it usually does not reach the promised speed of 1.5mbs. It is impossible to even stream videos a few minutes long, so forget using services like Netflix. I often end up having to drive into town, about a half hour from my home, to be able get work done. This should not be so in this day and age. Internet is a needed service and we, as taxpaying Canadians, should all have same access.