Cell Phone Coverage Improvements Could Begin Next Year


It won’t be long before construction begins on a major project to improve cell phone coverage across Renfrew County. 

The federal government’s recent announcement of $71 million toward the “Eastern Ontario Regional Network” project was the final piece of the puzzle, meaning federal, provincial and local cash is now in place for the $213 million dollar project to close coverage gaps and dead zones. 

Renfrew County Warden Jennifer Murphy says it’s excellent news for the project which the County and eastern Ontario wardens have been pushing for, for some time now.

"This is paramount to ensuring our residents, businesses and emergency services have access to leading-edge communications", Murphy told Pure Country 96.7.

The first phase of the two-phase project will see 317 new telecommunication towers and 32 new local internet access points across Eastern Ontario. 

Officials with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network have told Pure Country 96.7 that as soon as the funding was in place, it would only be a matter of months before construction could begin, putting the likely start date sometime early in 2020.

"Congratulations to the EORN for achieving this wonderful milestone", added Warden Murphy.

“I would like to thank our Federal MP and the Government of Canada, and our Provincial MPP, and the Province of Ontario for their dedication and financial support to this project.  I would also like to thank all the members of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus for maintaining this vital infrastructure project as a key priority for the last several years", she added.

Renfrew County Council passed a resolution supporting the project financially back in May of 2018, that will see the county contribute approximately $1M to help fund both the cellular gap analysis and the project itself.   The City of Pembroke is contributing approximately $80K in support of this regional initiative.