It will provide wireless coverage along the Alaska Highway, as well as in town. Hall says the new tower comes as a response to an “exploding” demand for service in Fort St. John.
“This site’s going to give us lots of capacity to stay ahead of growing customer demand,” he explains. ‘So whether you’re streaming video or sending out a Facebook post or dialing 9-1-1, this site’s going to give us that capacity.”
Although the tower is close in town, Hall maintains there is no issue for the public.
“Typically speaking, the signal coming off of these sites is much lower than AM/FM radio signals as an example,” he argues, adding that any health concerns around towers are governed under Health Canada Safety Code 6.
The City of Fort St. John requested that trees be planted around the site, but as there are too many utilities underground in the area, it has instead made an equivalent donation towards the city’s landscaping costs.