Concerns raised over lack of cellular coverage along Highway 3 west of Princeton
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February 15, 2017 - 11:30 AM
PENTICTON - Residents in the East Gate area want to see improved cell coverage along the Highway 3 corridor between Hope and Princeton.
A recommendation before the Okanagan Similkameen regional district’s protective services committee meeting slated for tomorrow, Feb.16, asks the board to send a letter to Telus with a request for the telecommunications company to improve cell coverage in the East Gate area.
Area H Director Bob Coyne received a petition in January with more than 240 signatures regarding the lack of cellular coverage along Highway 3 in the East Gate area, approximately 38 kilometres southwest of Princeton, Manager of Information Services Tim Bouwmeester said in a report to the committee.
The petitioners are particularly concerned about a lack of access to 911 services in the area.
The province awarded Telus a 10 year telecommunications services contract in 2011 to provide additional cellular coverage along the province’s primary and secondary highways.
Telus says they have no plans to improve reception in the East Gate area at this time, advising the regional district to send them a letter outlining their concerns.
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