Billings NetCentral cell tower is up and running

The Recorder

MANITOULIN—Residents of M’Chigeeng and Billings will see an improvement in their cellular telephone and high speed wireless Internet services as work has been completed on the new tower installed in a location between the two communities,  a representative of NetCentral told the Recorder last Friday.

“The new Rogers tower is now up and running and was in service late Thursday for residents, motorists and tourists in the area northwest of M’Chigeeng and towards Kagawong along highway 540,” stated Morry Brown of NetCentral.

“The service has now been integrated into the network and Rogers Customers will now have these services available in their area,” said Mr. Brown.

In an update on the proposed tower for Central and Western Manitoulin Mr. Brown said, “there isn’t really any news to report at this time, we have been providing information to the potential funders, (FedNor and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation). The process is continuing and the potential funders are going through all the information and reviews to be done, and we are hopeful for a favourable response.”

Mr. Brown pointed out the new service for M’Chigeeng and Billings residents, follows the previous installation of towers providing expanded cellular and wireless internet services for  Sheguiandah, Manitowaning, South Baymouth, Mindemoya, Little Current along Highway 6, and a tower south of Espanola. “This completes the initiative we started in 2011,” said Mr. Brown. “We are very fortunate and pleased to have the support from the NOHFC for the expansion of services along the Kings highways and communities in the area. Rogers has completed that project and we have  funding applications in to NOHFC and FedNor for the next phase for central and western Manitoulin including Providence Bay, Meldrum Bay, Zhiibaahaasing, Sheshegwaning, Evansville and Highway 540 west.”