Sponsors: District of Hudson's Hope, Village of Port Clements
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS the Provincial Government made a commitment in 2008 that all rural communities would be provided with advanced communications including cellular phone service within three years, which would provide lower cost communication and support economic growth;
AND WHEREAS many rural communities and vast areas of British Columbia are still without cellular coverage, and the absence of this service poses hazards to all who travel through our Province.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government and Cellular Providers to foster economic growth and citizen safety by ensuring that cell phone coverage is available to all rural BC communities and their connecting corridors.
The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling for the provincial government and telecommunications providers to ensure that cellular phone coverage is available throughout the province (2009-B57, 2008-B54, 2005-B5, 2004-B9, 2003-B35).
In its response to the 2009 resolution, the Province cited an announcement by the Premier at the 2008 UBCM Convention, committing to obtaining expanded Internet and cellular coverage for citizens in rural and remote areas. The provincial government indicated that the procurement process was underway. To date, no updates have been received by UBCM.