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.

 

Just Posted

North Okanagan car club annual show a huge hit with spectators

People didn’t mind the hot weather as they admired all kinds of vintage vehicles at 25th annual show

North Okanagan mayor’s win benefits school lunch programs

Christine Fraser of Spallumcheen won $1,500 in SILGA draw, which goes to not-for-profit programs

Vernon Vipers name Connor Marritt captain

Takes over from graduating veteran, and fellow Okanagan native, Jagger Williamson

Vernon pitcher tosses second no-hitter of season

Jarod Leroux has two no-nos in his last three starts for the BCPBL’s Okanagan Athletics

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Heat, sun and a chance of thunderstorms for Father’s Day

Morning pancake breakfasts and fishing derbies across the region will see sun, showers may follow.

VIDEO: Horseback riding helps North Okanagan residents with special needs

North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association needs more volunteers to continue offering sessions

Thunderstorm leaves small fire in the Shuswap in its wake

Wildfire crews are also fighting a small fire near Kamloops

South Okanagan pharmacy restricted from dispensing opioid treatment drugs

B.C. College of Pharmacists alleges Sunrise Pharmacy dispensed treatment drugs against rules

Police seek two suspects and car after stabbing in Kelowna

The stabbing took place on Friday evening on Wilson Avenue. It sent one man to hospital.

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Summerland Health Care Auxiliary completes hospital donation pledge early

$1M contribution to medical equipment campaign completed half a year earlier than expected

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Summerland ready for dry summer conditions

Province has declared Level Two drought, but Summerland has not increased watering restrictions

Summerland pioneers had connection to Middlesex, England

Harry Dunsdon and Richard Turner became cattlemen

Most Read