Today marks the culmination of a 78 day barrage of election ads, promises and perhaps elevated blood pressure depending on your political persuasion. Now all that is left is to cast your ballot (If you don’t know where you cast your ballot you can find out here) and then settle down and watch the results come in from across the country. At least in between the innings in the Jays game. But what if you don’t have cable?
Unfortunately you can’t just call up the cable guy—whether he’s a friend or super-creepy foe—and ask him to tap into existing telephone or TV cables to get it. Fibre optic networks move massive amounts of data by transmitting beams of pure light, instead of electricity. That means an entirely new infrastructure is needed to bring the near unlimited data-capacity of fibre networks to new communities.
But building that new fibre optic network is a major undertaking. Every kilometre has to be carefully planned in coordination with city planners. The new network has to fit in seamlessly with the existing utilities infrastructure. It’s a painstaking and costly process. And once the exhaustive planning phase is complete, an equally methodical construction phase begins, in which thousands of kilometres of fibre optic cable are put down and gridded up together, section by section.
For those of us living in Canada, the first week of October can mean only one thing. Well…maybe two if you count stuffing your face full of turkey. The start of the NHL season is here once again. Finally, summer is over and we can get down to stuffing our lives full of hockey (See what I did there?).