New Rogers Witset Cell Tower Project Moves Forward

John Crawford

A big gap in cellphone service along Highway 16 in the Northwest will soon be filled.

The province's Citizens Services minister -- Jinny Sims -- was in Witset Friday morning to announce further details about the Rogers cell tower now under construction there.

Also on hand for the announcement were Witset First Nation Chief Victor Jim, Rogers Communications BC President Rick Sellers and Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson.

Witset is currently the only First Nation along the notorious "Highway of Tears" without cellular service, and Donaldson says an emergency responder from the village eloquently explained at today's ceremony just how important connectivity is to the safety of those in the area.

"Not only for women along the Highway 16 corridor and their safety but also she described several emergency situations last year  wehere people would have to leave town to go outside the town to get cell service and back to the site where a flood was occuring and then leave again to talk to people so I'm really happy to see this announcement," said Donaldson.


The tower is expected to be complete in the coming months, resulting in continuous network coverage from New Hazelton to Smithers.

Rogers and Fido customers will get the full benefit of the new tower, but customers using other providers will be able to dial 911.

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