Category Archives: Communications

Wireless network expanding along B.C.’s Highway 4

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The critical highway between Port Alberni and Tofino currently has limited cellular service, leaving travelers and commuters without any way of contacting family, friends or emergency services in the event of an accident.

That’s about to change, as Rogers announced it will be expanding its coverage along the 85-kilometre stretch of highway by building six new cellular towers, and upgrading two existing towers between the coastal communities. 

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Community voices on proposed TELUS tower: Call for an open dialogue

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant to Canada-info.ca

This is Part 2 of a two-part series of interviews with members of the Cortes Island community. Listen to Part 1 here.

A growing number of Cortes Island residents are pushing for a more involved community consultation regarding the latest TELUS cellular tower proposal on Tla’amin Nation land.

The 63.1-meter tower is currently a stand-alone proposal with a deadline of Jan. 31 for public feedback.

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City of Prince Rupert receives $800,000 payment from CityWest

By Norman Galimski,  Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

CityWest grew its workforce by 33 per cent, last year, and made an $800,000 distribution payment to the City of Prince Rupert, the telecoms company announced on Jan. 25.

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What CityWest will be doing on Cortes for the next 4-6 months

A CityWest construction crew will be on Cortes Island for the first four to six months of 2022, to hook individual homes for high-speed Internet.

“Now that we’ve been issued a permit from the ministry of transport (MOTI), we have a green light to proceed with the provincial government’s mandate of connecting Cortes Islanders under the ERI grant program,” said Eric Geall, Operations Manager for West Connect Infrastructure (WCI).

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Community voices on proposed TELUS tower: The yays, the nays and the tech talk

CKTZ News, through an LJI grant to Canada-info.ca

As the Jan. 31 deadline for public feedback on a proposed cell tower on southern Cortes Island approaches, community opinions on the issue remain divided.

TELUS’ proposed 63.1-meter tower is currently cited on the Tla’amin-Nation governed land called Paukeeajim, adjacent to Rexford Road in Manson’s Landing.

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