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Improved cell service coming to Fort Babine area

Residents and visitors in the Fort Babine area will soon enjoy the benefits of improved cellular coverage.

“Expanded cellular coverage in Fort Babine will provide easy wireless access to high-speed internet for residents of Lake Babine Nation as well as visitors to the area,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services.

“Cellular coverage not only ensures people can stay connected with access to emergency 911 services while on the road, it also offers extensive coverage for reliable access to services and supports like digital learning, health care and wider economic opportunities.”

New cellular infrastructure will expand coverage for the First Nations community of Babine 6 (Lake Babine Nation) and along nearly six kilometres of highway next to Lake Babine.

This project is underway and is expected to be complete by 2024.

“Lake Babine Nation leadership invites the new cellular infrastructure within our traditional territory with Telus,” said Chief Murphy Abraham of Lake Babine Nation.

“This will create more education and training opportunities for the Nation’s people in Wit’at. We thank all those who made this possible, and we look forward to a brighter future in the evolving world of communication.”

The Province has allocated as much as $2 million through the Connecting British Columbia program, administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust, for a total project cost of approximately $2.3 million.

Telus Communications Inc. will contribute as much as $231,000.

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