Improvement in Cell service

Ontario is committing up to $71 million to a project aimed at eliminating nearly all cellular dead zones in eastern Ontario.

Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton made the announcement in Roseneath this morning, saying people are put in dangerous positions because of dropped calls or lost connections during emergencies.

He also says about 10 per cent of rural eastern Ontario has no cell service.

The province says the Eastern Ontario Regional Network also requires contributions from the federal government, the private sector and municipalities, for a total of about $213 million.