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Cranbrook, B.C. As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, TELUS has invested $800,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than 14 kilometres of Highway 3/95 between Yahk and Moyie.

 

The site southeast of Moyie Lake Provincial Park is now live, providing service to a stretch of Highway 3/95 as well as homes and businesses in the area.

 

“At TELUS, we know how important wireless services are, and continue to make significant investments in our networks to bring them to our customers travelling the Crowsnest Highway and right across Canada,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager for the Southern Interior. “Our significant investment in Yahk and Moyie gives motorists, as well as area residents and businesses, the convenience of making hands-free wireless calls along a well-traveled stretch highway, expands access to 911, and allows for great broadband service where it may not be possible to build wired Internet access.”

 

The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. earlier last year. Under the terms of the contract TELUS will connect more than 1,700 kilometres of highway with wireless service.

 

“This is fantastic news for everyone who travels through the Crowsnest area,” said Citizens’ Services and Open Government Minister Ben Stewart. “By working with TELUS, we’re providing new wireless coverage along unconnected highways – and that means safer travelling for rural families and businesses.”

 

“The stretch of Highway 3/95 between Yahk and Moyie is well traveled both by locals and those en route to beautiful destinations, such as Moyie Lake Provincial Park,” said Bill Bennett, MLA for Kootenay-East. “Having access to cellular service along that road will provide a measure of comfort and safety for all motorists in the area.”

 

This significant investment is part of $3 billion in infrastructure and facilities 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 since 2000.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.0 million customer connections including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 635,000 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. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards 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.

 

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For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Shawn Hall

TELUS Media Relations

(604) 619-7913

shawn.hall@telus.com

 

Lara Perzoff

Communications Manager

Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government

(250) 387-0172