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Four B.C. First Nation communities get wireless coverage

Last Updated Jul 29, 2019 at 11:33 am PDT

FILE - A man speaks on a mobile phone outside Rogers Communications Inc.'s annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto on April 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Summary

The Nisga'a First Nation has partnered with Rogers to bring wireless service to 1,200 people

They're building five network sites with the aim of improving access to healthcare and education

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Four First Nation communities in northwestern British Columbia now have wireless coverage.

The Nisga’a First Nation has partnered with Rogers to bring service to 1,200 people. The telecom giant worked with the Nisga’a Nation to build five network sites with the aim of improving access to healthcare and education.

The sites provide coverage for the villages of Gitlax̱t’aamiks, Gitwinksihlkw, Laxg̱galts’ap, and Ging̱olx.

The network could additionally increase eco-tourism in Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park. It also better connects locals to emergency services.

Rogers has also recently enhanced coverage on Vancouver Island, Kelowna, and on the SkyTrain.

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