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Counties council rallies behind cellphone project
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report to the counties council on the 2018 inaugural meeting of the EOWC. The EORN Cellular and Public Safety Broadband Network project (CPSBN) seeks to eliminate “dead zones” for cellular phone service in Eastern Ontario. These “dead zones” can hamper economic development for somemunicipalities in Eastern Ontario, discouraging investors fromconsidering an area for projects. The cell gap is also identified as one of the reasons for local youth to leave an area after graduation in quest of high-paying jobs as well as a place to live that supports an online lifestyle. “That (cell gap) is a detriment, and quite a hurdle, in maintaining our youth here,” said Parisien. The project also seeks to expand the public safety aspect of cellphone service by opening the existing emergency cellular ser- vice band available for police departments.
Such expansion wouldmake it available for regional fire departments and ambulance services. EORN and the EOWC seek a private-pub- lic partnership for the $213 million cellular gap project, with investment in cash or in kind coming from senior and local levels of government and the private sector.The proj- ect will also build on the success of EORN’s original broadband expansion project for Eastern Ontario, which resulted in almost complete high-speed Internet availability throughout the region. The EOWC presented the cell gap project to Premier Wynne, cabinet ministers and senior provincial government officials dur- ing the Rural OntarioMunicipal Association (ROMA) conference in Toronto, over the January 21 weekend. “Everyone said it was a very good presentation,” saidWarden Fran- çois St-Amour. “The future is all wireless.”
Parisien noted that provincial officials made no promises, but he expressed hope that the cell gap project might be considered for capital funding in this year’s provincial budget.
All of Eastern Ontario is getting behind to support a project to close up holes in the regional cellphone communications network. The Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC) has given top priority to support for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network’s (EORN) project, which aims to improve cel- lular phone service in the region.The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) voted unanimous support, during its Janu- ary 24 session, for both the project and for the EOWC as the spearhead for the regional lobby pointing at the provincial and federal governments. “The number one priority for this year is the cellular gap project,” said Stéphane Parisien, UCPR administrator, in a verbal
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