OK, I have to use a bit from the actual story (Lasqueti Islanders are proudly ‘off-grid’ and have been using a Telus pager for emergency calls for years. Telus has now rescinded the service and they have to use the 911 ‘grid’. Meanwhile, they’re all using computers and the web. Probably steam-driven connection.):
“Some Lasqueti Islanders fail to see the emergency in upgrading communications for first responders.
At the Thursday, February 26, Powell River Regional District board meeting, the bylaw to amend the Emergency Telephone Extended Service to include the participation of Electoral Area E (Lasqueti Island), was postponed until the March 26 regional board meeting. Adoption of the bylaw would provide islanders with 911 emergency service but the one-time taxation assessment, plus the desire by some islanders to live off the grid, has rankled some residents.”
They are apparently right pissed off and the bylaw has been stalled for now…
(I’ll be expecting nasty letters via carrier pigeon…)