Back on line

I haven’t posted for a couple of days. It is a holiday long weekend in Annapolis Royal for Natal Day celebrations; celebrating the founding of the settlement here in 1605. Been busy attending festivities. I will be heading to town soon for the parade.

My rant for today will be the sad state of Bell Aliant service.  A couple of days ago their cell phone and Internet services were down for several hours. They claimed it was due to a fiber optic cable cut near Riviere-du-Loup Quebec. Services were down for most Bell customers east of Ontario for approximately 4 hours. This is the new Bell I guess.  They used to be fanatical about network reliability.  There networks were designed with full redundancy such that no single cable cut (or hardware failure) could interrupt service. That was in the days of land lines.  The “modern” Internet age has seen the practice of designing networks for reliability go by the wayside. The telecom industry has discovered that they can build low-relibility networks, charge more for service on them, and customers still flock to them. It is great business if you can get away with it.