Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:33:26 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Internet in the heartland. Good morning. I'm a resident of Wynndel, just north of Creston. I read with interest a few months ago the announcment about the govt. working with Telus and CMON to bring hi-speed internet to communities like ours. Now, I wasn't expecting anything real fast ... but I was expecting more that nothing as well. I'm beginning to think that the announcment was just some smoke? Anyway, I represent people in our community who would like to start a committee or whatever to get started on the process. I've talked to Telus and they say they know nothing about it. Really. And CMON? Well, they don't answer my email to them and if I talk to our local RDCK directors about CMON they laugh, tell me I'm paying for it, but that they don't do anything. Well, to say the least, I'm confused about all this. Telus doesn't know anything about the Premiers announcment; CMON "does nothing" (and this isn't me speaking here!); RDCK smile ... in the meantime people are NOT moving here 'cause they can't get hi-speed for their home business, etc. So, what do you suggest I do? Thanks so much! ================================= From: "Office of the Premier PREM:EX"
To: "'Bob van der Poel'" Cc: "Murray, Joyce C MSER:EX" Subject: RE: Internet in the heartland. Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 12:26:56 -0700 Thank you for your email. Our government made a New Era commitment to bring high-speed telecommunications to under-serviced areas of the province. Bridging the Digital Divide with the provision of high-speed services will promote economic and social development in these locations. I have shared your comments with the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Management Services, and assure you that she will give your comments every consideration. Again, thank you for writing. Sincerely, Gordon Campbell Premier ================================= Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 17:44:54 -0700 To: Office of the Premier PREM:EX Subject: Re: Internet in the heartland. Dear Nice Person Working in the Premier's Office: Thanks for the reply. But, did you bother to read the request or did you just send out a standard reply based on the subject line? I'm not trying to be a pain, but I really would like an answer to my original question, which to make it simple is: - who would I talk to for starting a broadband inititive in my community? Really, I think I understand that the govt. had made a committment to bring high-speed telcom to under-serviced areas (which would include the area I live in). And I agree that there are economic/social issues involved (which I allude to in my original mail). So, I think we agree .. but I'd like to get something going ... !!! Thanks.