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Five new broadband, cell towers for district

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The Rainy River Future Development Corp. and TBayTel are proud to announce the Highway 11/71 corridor and Rainy River District soon will be benefiting from the addition of five new broadband and cellular towers, as well as upgrades to the 10 existing ones.

Twelve towers will be receiving digital cellular service (these are located at Bergland, Pinewood, Barwick, Emo, Burriss, Burditt Lake, Nestor Falls, Crow Lake, Gagne Lake, Horsecollar Junction, Perch Lake, and Sapawe).

Eight towers—located at Emo, Crow Lake, Nickel Lake, Gagne Lake, Flanders, Perch Lake, Sapawe, and Shabaqua—will be receiving broadband service.

The project was made possible with financial support totalling roughly $3 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. and Industry Canada/FedNor.

The contribution from the NOHFC will assist with development at all sites while FedNor will assist with the development of the eight broadband-equipped sites.

“The RRFDC believes that digital cellular service and high-speed Internet service are essential tools,” said chairman Russ Fortier.

“These improvements will offer necessary services to area businesses, residents, and travellers.

“We are happy that our partnerships have helped to provide digital cellular service and high-speed Internet service to the majority of the Highway 11/71 corridor from Shabaqua in the east, Pinewood in the west, and Crow Lake in the north.”

“TBayTel is pleased to partner with the Rainy River Future Development Corp., the various levels of government, and all those involved in this very important project,” echoed Don Campbell, president and CEO of TBayTel.

“As a regionally-focused communications solutions provider, it is a privilege to be a part of the progress, success, and sustainability of the north by providing better and more innovative ways for people, businesses, and communities to stay connected and informed,” he added.

The RRFDC would like to offer a special thanks to TBayTel, Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services, and the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre for their assistance in developing and planning the project.

For more information on this project, visit www.fortfrancesbroadband.ca

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