Cherryville hooks up to the Net

After years of demanding access to high-speed Internet, a number of options have materialized.

A lack of Internet isn’t an issue in Cherryville anymore.

After years of demanding access to high-speed Internet, a number of options have materialized.

“We had nothing and now a majority of residents are happy,” said Eugene Foisy, regional district director.

As part of a  partnership with the provincial government, Telus has invested $675,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than 20 kilometres of Highway 6 between Lumby and Cherryville.

“We heard from residents in Cherryville that the community and this stretch of highway were in need of crucial wireless services, and our significant investment means that the community is now connected to high-speed Internet,” said Steve Jenkins, Telus general manager for the Southern Interior

“Most importantly, this investment expands access to 911, making highway travel safer in this area.”

Telus’ wireless site along Highway 6 is now live.

Beyond this, ABC Communications is also moving ahead with plans to provide fixed wireless Internet service in Cherryville.

“It’s another option. As soon as you get options, you have competition and better prices,” said Foisy.

The Cherryville Community Club recently allowed ABC Communications approval to install an antenna on the community hall.

ABC began working with Cherryville residents after the Regional District of North Okanagan received a $250,000 provincial grant and issued a request for proposals for fixed wireless service.

The lack of high-speed Internet has been a concern for many residents over the years, and particularly those operating home-based businesses or with school-aged children.