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New TELUS Tower to Be Built in Athabasca County
TELUS Northern Alberta GM Brian Bettis came bearing good news to Athabasca County Council.
 
He says construction on a tower near Nine Mile corner will begin on July 3, and it could improve cell service in the Baptise and Island Lake areas.
 
However, councillors weren't entirely happy, as other areas like between Boyle and Athabasca remain dead zones for cell coverage.

"I keep dropping calls when I'm out, sometimes I fear rate payers think I'm hanging up on them," said Reeve Doris Splane.
 
Some councillors told Bettis they appreciate what he's trying to do for them, but they don't appreciate service degradation.

"I regret I complained," said Larry Armfelt. "Because since that time, my service has slowly gotten worse."
 
Council is trying to lobby for another cell tower, possibly east of Meanook to alleviate concerns in that area.
 
Brian Bettis said the County could bear some of the costs of that new tower, which cost around $1.1 million each. Those discussions were however left for a later date.

May 30 - Victor Kaisar (vkaisar@newcap.ca)

 









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