Rogers Communications Inc. looking to build cell tower in Greenwood

A new communication tower may be constructed outside of Greenwood, B.C. to increase cellular coverage.

A new communication tower may be constructed outside of Greenwood to increase cellular coverage.

Rogers Communication Inc. has submitted an application to FrontCounter BC for a 30-year license that would place a 40-metre self-support tower on a rocky outcropping outside of Greenwood on Crown land.

FrontCounter BC works to simplify the application process for individuals or small-to-medium-sized natural resource businesses starting up or already operating.

Rogers is working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for road access and FortisBC for power.

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Greenwood Mayor Nipper Kettle. “We have cell phone coverage here now, but I think Rogers Communications is trying to fill out all the blank spots.”

Nipper pointed out that more coverage would be beneficial to drivers on remote roads and highways. “If we can have continuous service on our highways and byways, then that’s what needs to be done,” he stated.

“With today’s technology and everybody travelling, if something happens on the road, then it’s possible to get help. It’s a big part of today’s life and we have to embrace it.”

Leigh-Ann Popek, senior manager of media relations for Rogers Communications Inc., stated in an email that Rogers had applied for a telecommunications facility license application in November 2011.

“This application is based on projected future wireless service need and it’s one of the initial steps in the network expansion process,” Popek said. “It’s still very early in the planning and development process for this site.”

The applicant is co-ordinating with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the beginning of road access, as well as FortisBC for power.

“Sites are chosen based on numerous factors including the proximity to the area requiring service,” she added.

According to the application, there will likely be some brushing involved in preparing the site and no merchantable timber will be removed.

The tower itself will be fenced, and a locking gate will be installed at the beginning of the road.

“People are becoming increasingly connected at home, at work and on the road through their wireless devices,” explained Popek.

“As the demand for wireless services increases, so does the need to expand and upgrade the supporting infrastructure.”

Popek pointed out that there is no projected completion date for the tower, as they are still in the application process, but Kettle felt construction would begin early spring.