Friday, January 15, 2010

Aliant Satellite Phones

It is now the sixth day without long distance phoning and internet and residents are starting to feel the stress of it all.

Since we are doing without these services there are many things we cannot do.

Such as paying bills, making long distance phone calls or making bank deposits or withdrawals.

Lavinia Ford is the District Assistant with the Nain RCMP.

She says that Aliant has sent up three satellite phones for the community of Nain for the RCMP to distribute.

She says the phones have been distributed to the Clinic, to Hydro and the Nain Inuit Community Government.

We contacted Nain’s AngajukKâk, Sarah Erickson to find out who in the community can use the phone.

She says they’re taking it case by case, for instance, if someone has a family member who is hospitalized, they’re allowed to use the phone.

She adds that just as long as people aren’t calling just to say “hi” they’ll be permitted to use the phone.

Erickson is awaiting a call from Aliant as to when the tower will be fixed, and she’ll give us a call back once she hears from the company.

So keep tuning into AtjiKangitut for further details on our telecommunications.

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