This is kind of how Raymond and I feel sometimes when trying to communicate with the world when we’re at the Manse in Queensborough. People, I’m talking about internet – or more specifically, lack of same. And I really, really, really need your help.
You’ve probably noticed that I don’t normally post on Sundays, having been brought up (in the Manse, a United Church minister’s house) in the tradition that we all need a day of rest – and in the Christian tradition that day is Sunday. But I’m bashing out a post this beautiful sunny first-of-September morning in Queensborough because of the utter failure by the internet and the Rogers wireless system to allow me to share my last night’s effort. (It was about cats, but you’ll just have to wait for that one.)
The Manse doesn’t actually have internet yet; Raymond and I rely on the wireless signal to our phones and iPad to get it, and it’s my phone I use to post when I’m here. But the strength of the wireless signal in these rocky rural parts on the Canadian Shield is (to put it mildly) variable. Often one’s ability to get the World Wide Web (remember when people called it that?) depends on which side of the house you’re standing in, or which direction you’re facing, or what time of day it is, or – most especially – the weather conditions. When it’s overcast and humid, as it was last night, you’re kind of doomed. As was last night’s post, though I tried valiantly and repeatedly to get it out there.
So the time has come for real internet at the Manse. Real high-speed internet, wifi, the whole nine yards. No fooling around. I am determined, and when Sedgwick is determined about something, nothing gets in her way.
But, people – especially those of you who also live in these rocky rural parts – I really need your help and guidance on this. It’s easy to get blazing-fast, reliable internet in a big city like Montreal, where the phone and cable companies will set you up in no time. But what works here? Is Bell’s Sympatico an option? Shaw? I know the goal of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (a project of the county wardens in this part of the world) is to provide good internet access throughout the region, but does it? Is Queensborough actually included in that coverage?
I do not want this to be an exercise in frustration. I want to be able to ask the right questions of companies that SAY they can give us good internet access in Queensborough. (Like maybe, “Then how come you weren’t able to for such-and-such a neighbour down the road?”) I most assuredly do NOT want dial-up. Or internet that only works when the weather co-operates. My internet standards are high, and I realize that in saying that I may sound a bit like a “citiot” (“cidiot”?). But it’s true. Hey, I make my livelihood in the communications business.
And besides: newly retired Raymond has a very pressing need for live coverage of the Red Sox by the New England Sports Network team on MLB.com. This is important to his happiness, people.
My thanks to you all in advance for any internet wisdom you can share. Here’s to connectivity in Queensborough!