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Rural Internet Connectivity will be Major Challenge to School in Fall: PC Opposition
PC Official Opposition Critic for Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, MHA Paul Dinn, and the Critic for Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation, MHA Lloyd Parrott, today expressed concern over the ability of students to access online programing.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John's, NL (July 28, 2020) – – PC Official Opposition Critic for Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, MHA Paul Dinn, and the Critic for Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation, MHA Lloyd Parrott, today expressed concern over the ability of students returning to school in September to access online programing. Dinn noted he has heard from families on the Great Northern Peninsula in particular who have struggled for years with little or no service.

“My office continues to hear from families and post-secondary students around the province who are concerned over the lack of internet connectivity as we look to virtual classrooms this fall. More and more, post-secondary institutions are moving to virtual instruction under COVID 19, which is simply not an option in many parts of the province.”

Lloyd Parrott noted there are many rural areas where existing infrastructure passes right through communities. “Residents can literally look out their window and see high speed internet lines, yet cannot access them. In some of these cases, there would be a minimal cost and easy fix. Yet Government has not shown any leadership,” noted Parrott.

“It will simply not be possible for many students on the Great Northern Peninsula, South Coast, and Coastal Labrador, to access a post-secondary education and we have not heard any plan from the Minister or Government,” added Dinn.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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