The new TELUS cell tower on the Bugeaud property just east of Ingram Bridge went live last week.
TELUS media relations representative Liz Sauvé confirmed reports on local Facebook accounts that the site has been activated.
According to Sauvé, TELUS invested $475,000 to build this new site which now provides coverage to about 5 kilometres of Hwy 3 between Midway and Rock Creek.
“This site not only provides critical wireless service to travelers along the highway and enhances the safety of travel in the area by providing access to 911 emergency services, it also brings wireless service to houses along Ingram Creek and Bruce Creek for the first time,” she said in an email to the Times.
She explained that this site, as well as the four others currently in construction, is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia Agreement signed with the Province of B.C. in 2011. Under the agreement, TELUS and the province are working to enhance the safety of travel across B.C. by connecting highways to wireless services. This allows residents and travelers the ability to phone home, engage on social media, and most critically— phone 911 in the case of an emergency.
“Wireless service is so important these days, bringing peace of mind for motorists as well as convenience for locals and visitors,” said Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen. “Better connectivity means safer roads so it’s great to see TELUS expanding its coverage and bringing more service to Hwy 3 and the region.”