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Telus invests $450,000 to bring cell coverage to portion of highway between Terrace and Prince Rupert
As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, TELUS has invested $450,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than 14 kilometers of the Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace.
The site located in the North Coast region, about 60 kilometers east of Prince Rupert, will be live in the coming weeks.
"At TELUS, we know how important wireless services are, and continue to make significant investments in our networks to bring them to our customers in Northern B.C. and right across Canada," said Lance MacDonald, TELUS general manager for Northern British Columbia.
"We heard from residents and travellers that this section of Highway was in need of crucial wireless services, and our significant investment now gives motorists and local residents the convenience of making hands-free wireless calls. Most importantly this investment expands access to 911, making highway travel safer in this area."
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 invest to connect more than 1,700 kilometres of unconnected highways with wireless service.
"Travellers, residents and businesses driving this stretch of Highway 16 will benefit from this new coverage," said Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Minister Andrew Wilkinson.
"The ongoing expansion of cellular service along B.C.'s rural highways is improving driver safety as well as extending connectivity to communities across the province."