Oscar Meekis, Deer Lake's local network manager, has been setting up IP phones in each of the local offices throughout his community. He submitted the following report and pictures showcasing how these units are working for his community. Click here to see the pictures of the IP phones in Deer Lake.
Here is an update on the IP phone installations in Deer Lake. So far a total of 44 IP phones were installed (or will be installed). There are some IP phones that are not installed due to renovations, construction or buildings been moved to another location. The places where the IP phones were successfully installed include the Band Office, Head Start Children Centre, Deer Lake Nursing Station, the Health program offices and Deer Lake School. Places that still needs installation due to modems not available yet (on order) are Deer Lake Warehouse, Deer Lake Garage and Deer Lake Water Treatment Plant and Radio Station. The Health Office building is being moved to another location near its original location.
I gathered some comments from various local organizations about what they like about their new IP phones. Some of the comments include:
Band Office Resource Worker/EDO - Donald Meekis - "I use the phone quite a bit. The clarity of the phone is better than the regular phones. The dialing is better with less numbers. It needs to be expanded more. Funding Agencies should have these phones."
Deer Lake Councillor - Cory J. Meekis - "It's not long distance, free of charge and it's direct lines to other offices. They are being answered right away."
Deer Lake School - Principal Ross Little - "They are GREAT!!!"
Deer Lake Nursing Station - R/N Madonna Kerfont - "Very convenient, less time and very cost effective. The Referral Clerk uses the IP phone a lot."
Deer Lake Education Director's comment (Roy Dale Meekis). When i got to his office to install the IP phone, he asked "what are you installing now?" I replied, "an IP phone." He asked again, what are they going to think of next? Pretty soon I will just say "beam me up!" :)