New cell towers in line for Providence Bay, Evansville

Will host both Bell and Rogers services

MANITOULIN—Work is well underway on the new cellular towers in Providence Bay and Western Manitoulin. Residents, business and tourists will soon have expanded cellular and mobile broadband high speed Internet service in Evansville, Providence Bay, Sheshegwaning and Zhiibaahaasing First Nations and Meldrum Bay thanks to a $4,458,906 public-private investment arranged by NetCentral Community Communications Network. The investment is made up of a $1,486,302 grant from FedNor, a  $1,486,302 grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), a $647,528 commitment from Bell and a $838,774 commitment from Rogers.

“The two Bell sites, on Highway 551 near Providence Bay and Hwy 540 by Evansville, are expected to be operational the end of September,” NetCentral General Manager Morry Brown told the Expositor. “I’m still waiting for an update on the two Rogers sites in Sheshegwaning and Meldrum Bay, but work is proceeding on these sites.”

Both Rogers and Bell will co-locate on the towers so there would be access for both Bell and Rogers customers on all four towers.

NetCentral completed a seven-tower project on (and just outside of) Manitoulin last fall with towers erected in Kagawong/M’Chigeeng, Manitowaning, Mindemoya, South Baymouth, Little Current, Sheguiandah and Wood Lake (Highway 6, south of Espanola).