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What people are saying about highways 95 and 97 cellular

Karen Cathcart, Area A director, Columbia Shuswap Regional District –

“As the regional director here, I’m absolutely over the moon that this is finally happening. It couldn’t come at a more important time. Bringing cellular service to Highway 95 between Golden and Spillimacheen is absolutely essential for health care and the safety and security of our residents, business owners and educators. I want to thank everybody involved for moving this project forward so quickly.”

Allen Courtoreille, mayor, Chetwynd –

“I’m very pleased to see cellular service is coming to Highway 97, particularly through Pine Pass. This road is regularly used by people, families and professionals in the transportation industry who live in my community. When conditions are bad, such as during a storm, it can be a dangerous road to navigate. Bringing cell service to Highway 97 and Pine Pass will immediately make the route safer by enabling people to call for help during an emergency and for first responders to locate and support them.”

Gerry Wilkie, Area G director, Regional District of East Kootenay –

“I want to extend my appreciation to the Province of B.C. for investing in this vital infrastructure. Not only will it significantly improve safety and connectivity for residents and travellers, it will provide this service at a time when it is critically needed due to increased traffic during the Kicking Horse Canyon project.”

Ron Oszust, mayor, Golden –

“We are very pleased to see upgrades to cellular service coming for this stretch of highway. These upgrades are essential to support the residents along Highway 95, as well as for emergency services and the travelling public. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who advocated for this project and worked to make it possible. Increased access to connectivity in rural communities will help people stay better connected, provide improved access to public safety and be a catalyst for economic development.”