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Stewart cut off from the Internet

The small community of Stewart BC has lost its only Internet service provider.

Galina Durant is the mayor of Stewart, and she says the community’s Internet was provided by a local non-profit group.

She says Telus installed the infrastructure to bring high-speed Internet to the area, but the local ISP couldn’t afford the hardware upgrades, and they were also being forced to move locations too.

Durant says Telus declined to provide the community with Internet service directly.

She says being such a small community, it’s a hard to make a business case for the service.

Durant says about half of Stewart’s 500 people are currently cut off, only those with expensive satellite services still connected.

Stewart doesn’t have any cellphone coverage either.

Durant says being an isolated community, many daily activities rely on Internet service.

Terrace-based Sienna Networks is working on providing service to Stewart, and Durant hopes it’ll happen before Christmas.

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