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Internet darkness

Published:Monday | March 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor
, Sir:

While many are able to utilise the benefits that technological advancement brings, some residents in the district of Lime Hall, St Ann have been left behind in the age of pre-technological darkness.

The number of internet providers has grown considerably over the past decade and so has the type and mode of internet provision from Cable and Wireless (now LIME) to Claro, Digicel and Flow. These companies spend millions of dollars reminding us that they provide 'superior internet service' with islandwide coverage that can't be beat. But, if this is so, why am I constantly told, upon requesting to be a part of that same superior islandwide service that 'coverage is not provided in that area'?

LIME is Jamaica's largest internet provider, but it seems that they have also ran out of the 'superior internet service' as the residents of Lime Hall are told that there are no ports available.

Had Lime Hall been situated in a deep rural area of Jamaica the short comings would be understandable. However, the district is no more than ten minutes away from St Ann's Bay - the parish's capital, and boasts all the amenities that characterise a developed area, such as cable television and land line (telephone) services; so why not internet, too?

As reliance on the internet grows, students who need to conduct online research to submit assignments and job seekers who must rely on the internet to conduct extensive job searches or submit resumes, must plan ahead to visit the parish library in St Ann's Bay - often having to wait extensively in long lines for the next available desktop.

The solution is simple, and requires the immediate input of internet service providers in aid of the residents of Lime Hall.

I am, etc

SERENA BYRON

Lime Hall

Lime Hall PO

St Ann