Improving Cellular Service In Greenstone
McGuinty Government Helps Northwest Stay Connected
The advantages and greater safety provided by expanded and continuous cellular coverage will soon be a reality in Greenstone and along Highway 527 toward Armstrong.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $1,972,500 to the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre to build additional towers and improve cellular service from Longlac to Nipigon and north on Highway 527 toward Gull Bay First Nation and Armstrong.
Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle, who also chairs the NOHFC, made the announcement in Geraldton today prior to a meeting of the NOHFC board of directors.
- The Ontario 2008 Budget confirmed the government will be increasing funding to the NOHFC by $10 million a year to $100 million by 2011-2012.
- In 2007, the NOHFC refocused its Emerging Technology Program to invest in telecommunications infrastructure projects that will help bring broadband Internet and cellular service to most of Northern Ontario over the next three years.
- Since 2005, the NOHFC has invested more than $29 million in some 15 telecommunications projects across Northern Ontario.
“Better cellular phone service means northwestern Ontario communities and residents will have access to a whole new range of opportunities in education, health care, culture and business.”