Fibre optic internet welcome, but not if it ruins Cabot Trail view

Fibre optic internet welcome, but not if it ruins Cabot Trail view

An Inverness County resident says she and her neighbours are looking forward to the installation of fibre optic internet service, but not if it comes at the cost of ruining an iconic view along the Cabot Trail. "We have high-speed internet, but it's really not high speed," said Gayle Hughes, whose home is near Cap Le Moine, N.S., midway between Margaree harbour and Grand Étang on Cape Breton's west coast. "I think we're at about half of what the target is for high speed." Bell Aliant is installing fibre optic lines throughout the county and Hughes said that will be great — if the cables go on the power poles located inland from the coast. "I would definitely hook up to it, providing their line is strung on the three-phase service behind our home," she said. "If they come along the roadway in front of my home, no." That stretch of the Cabot Trail has no utility poles along the road, leaving homeowners and tourists with what is currently an unobstructed view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Hughes said …
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