From left to right: ACRD board chair John Jack, Rogers Communications regional president Rick Sellers and Sproat Lake regional director Penny Cote. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

New cell tower brings wireless service to Sproat Lake

Rogers Communications tower will provide coverage for 2,000 residents

Rogers Communications has announced improved wireless service in Sproat Lake with a new cell tower installed on Faber Road.

The tower, which has been up since the end of December, will offer Rogers and Fido customers in the community a faster, more reliable and consistent wireless experience.

Rogers worked with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) to build the new cellular tower, which will benefit residents, visitors, travellers, businesses and local emergency responders.

Penny Cote, ACRD regional director for Sproat Lake, has been lobbying for cell coverage in Sproat Lake for four years. She said her prime concern for improved cell coverage was a lack of safety for residents and visitors alike.

“There were many areas that weren’t covered and access to landlines wasn’t available,” she said.

The new tower will provide coverage for approximately 2,000 permanent residents, and more than double this in the summer months, as well as coverage for many others in the Alberni Valley. The connectivity, Cote said, will also increase economic opportunities and support local businesses.

Although this cell tower will not extend coverage any further west along Highway 4, Cote said she hopes this can be the first step towards getting cell coverage for the whole highway. Communities have been lobbying for improved service for the highway, especially after a crash last November where a two-vehicle collision was not reported to first responders for roughly 30 minutes.

READ: Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Alberni call for emergency phones on Hwy. 4 after crash

Rick Sellers, the regional president for Rogers Communications, agreed that Rogers is interested in extending cell phone coverage to more rural communities. “We work very closely with the provincial government to ensure that we can work wherever we can with you,” he said. “We’ll help out when we can.”

Cell coverage, he said, is something that people in urban areas often take for granted, but having access to a reliable network is essential for all communities.

“It’s no longer a luxury item, it’s a necessity,” he said.



elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

History: The architectural legacy of Sam Little

Designs leave legacy in Qualicum Beach, other Island locales

Parksville artist aims to produce zero waste with creations, business

Margie Preninger even dabbled with dryer lint years ago

RDN dealing with high interest in backyard cannabis production

New policy proposed to address challenges with Health Canada licences

Generals peaking in time for playoffs

Oceanside earns one-sided win against Glacier Kings

Jeep bursts into flames on highway near Nanoose Bay

Emergency crews responded to blaze at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday

70% of Canadians agree with mandatory vaccines for children: poll

The debate for pro and anti vaccinations has heated up after a measles outbreak in Vancouver

Vancouver Island petition to decriminalize all drugs continues to collect signatures

A Courtenay couple is collecting signatures for their petition to decriminalize drugs in Canada

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

‘A little baloney’ in PM’s claim about solicitor-client privilege on SNC-Lavalin

The Conservatives and NDP want Trudeau to waive that privilege so Wilson-Raybould can offer her side of the story

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful, would leave products tasteless: critics

When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

But most analysts see a limited market for foldable-screen phones

Most Read