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Fort St John, B.C. TELUS will invest $480,000 in Fort St John in 2012 to further expand and enhance its wireless and wireline networks.

 

“TELUS’ $480,000 investment will enhance our world-class wireless network and improve Internet speeds for businesses and households right here in Fort St John,” said Chris Jensen, TELUS general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the community. “TELUS is committed to making investments in infrastructure and technology to better serve our customers and communities. We are deeply grateful for the hard work and outstanding commitment of our 30 local team members and retirees and for the support of our customers.”

 

This significant investment is part of $3 billion in infrastructure upgrades being made across British Columbia through 2014 and builds upon the $26 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province over the last 10 years.

 

TELUS’ commitment also extends to supporting local charities and community organizations.

 

“As important as our infrastructure investments are to our success, our commitment to local community organizations is near and dear to our hearts. TELUS believes deeply in the symbiotic relationship between the success of business and the welfare of our communities,” continued Jensen. “We embrace a simple philosophy – we give where we live – and we take great pride in the social outcomes we are helping to realize. Since 2000, our TELUS family of 25,000 employees and retirees in B.C. has donated over $100 million dollars and, more importantly, volunteered 2.4 million hours, with our hearts and our hands, to community and charitable organisations. Additionally, the TELUS team will contribute a further $10 million dollars to local, grassroots community projects in 2012.”

 

TELUS’ $480,000 investment in 2012 will:

 

  • Further expand and enhance its wireless and wireline networks in Fort St John.

 

  • Bring advanced wireless and wireline broadband to nearby rural communities. TELUS has already started this work in Northern British Columbia – where the company is investing an average of $650,000 per community to bring broadband service to local residents in Clucluz Lake, Kitwanga, Canoe Creek, Hansard, Beaver Valley, Reid Lake and Wet’suwet’en this year.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

Forward looking statement:

This news release contains statements about expected future events of TELUS that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and predictions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that the forward-looking statements will not prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from that expressed in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Shawn Hall

TELUS Media Relations

(604) 619-7913

Shawn.hall@telus.com

 

B-roll of TELUS infrastructure projects in B.C. can be downloaded from the following FTP site:

 

FTP://209.52.48.241

Username: 12-079

Password: t3lu5