Telus has invested $120,000 to bring wireless coverage to Highway 5 around Jackman Flats. The site is now live, providing service to a 10 km stretch of the highway, though the adjacent Tete Jaune area is still without reception.
“At TELUS, we know how important wireless services are, and continue to make significant investments in our networks to bring them to our customers here in the Jackman Flats area and right across Canada,” said Lance MacDonald, TELUS general manager for the Northern Interior in a media release. “Our significant investment in this new wireless site gives motorists, local residents and businesses the convenience of making hands-free wireless calls along stretches of rural highway, expands access to 911, and allows for great broadband service where it may not be possible to build wired Internet access.”
The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. in 2011. Under the terms of the agreement TELUS will connect more than 1,700 kilometres of unconnected highways with wireless service.
“It is great news that wireless service is being expanded along those stretches,” said Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “It is important our local motorists feel safe and comfortable while on the road. This will allow for safer travel on the highway.”
By: Korie Marshall