Telus launches Moyie to Yahk wireless service

New Moyie wireless site southeast of Moyie Lake, brings wireless coverage to 14 kilometres of Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Yahk.

There is now cell service between Cranbrook and Yahk.

Telus made the announcement Wednesday, November 14 after going live last weekend at its new Moyie wireless site.

The site, located on a rise southeast of Moyie Lake Provincial Park, brings wireless coverage to 14 kilometres of Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Yahk.

“It was a fairly complex site to build given its remote location. We had to bring in power and our own network to it. It represents an $800,000 investment; it’s a significant project,” said Telus spokesperson Shawn Hall. “We are really thrilled we can turn this site on.”

The new site also brings high-speed internet access to residents between Moyie and Yahk who have until now only had dial-up internet.

Now those residents can connect through Telus to high-speed internet using the wireless network.

Hall said Telus offers a range of affordable wireless modems that plug into the computer’s USB drive.

“For some people, that’s a great option, a great way to access the internet.”

It also increases safety along the stretch of Highway 3, especially for access to 911.

“When you consider that more than 60 per cent of 911 calls come in from wireless devices, there are some real safety benefits to bringing in these new sites, as well as economic developments,” said Hall.

That will be a relief for East Kootenay drivers, said MLA Bill Bennett.

“Having access to cellular service along that road will provide a measure of comfort and safety for all motorists in the area,” said Bennett. “The stretch of Highway 3/95 between Yahk and Moyie is well travelled both by locals and those en route to beautiful destinations such as Moyie Lake Provincial Park.”

Telus signed a 10-year agreement with the B.C. government this year to connect more than 1,700 km of highway with wireless service across B.C.

“This will not be the last wireless site we are building in the area. We are continuing to look for locations for additional wireless sites and will be building those out over the coming years.”

Just Posted

Meachen Creek fire changed little overnight

Mayor reaches out to thank community; evacuation alert notices are being delivered door to door so no one is missed

Kimberley resource, tourism industry braces as wildfires rip through forests

Tourists are still filling golf courses and shops in Kimberley, B.C., but… Continue reading

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

Interior Health evacuates Kimberley facilities

Residents at Kimberley Special Care Home and Garden View Village evacuted

Latest report from BC Wildfire Service

BC Wildfire Service says Meachen Creek fire settled down again Thursday evening, after high winds kicked it up

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

Thousands to attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

These are the highest-paid actresses of 2018

In its list released this week Forbes said all 10 earned a total of $186 million before tax

Safeway union urges rejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

Most Read