Texada Wireless Internet Tower

Gillies Bay Internet Society

Sources of Funding
ICET:$10,334
Network BC:$98,000
Powell River Regional District:$5,893
Lasqueti Internet Society:$4,560
Loans/HST Refund:$8,059
Private Donations:$1,000
Total Budget: $127,846
Quick Facts: 

Reliable, fast wireless internet access supports the growth of small business, and encourages the in-migration of professional ‘remote workers’ in knowledge and creative industries.

Historically, Texada Island has relied on logging and limestone quarries for the bulk of its employment opportunities. The decline in those industries calls for new approaches to attracting new businesses and families to the Island.  In today’s global economy, Internet connectivity is no longer an option and Texada’s lack of proper Internet access was hampering its economic growth potential.

Reliable, fast wireless internet access supports the growth of small business, and it encourages the in-migration of professional ‘remote workers’ in knowledge and creative industries: artists, architects, writers, and more can choose to live anywhere in the world as long as they have good internet connectivity. Internet access also helps to attract and retain young families as there is growth in the availability of online courses for both secondary and post-secondary education.

The project, completed in 2010, involved construction of the Mt. Pocahontas tower with a cluster of antennas connected to a high capacity transmitter. The Mt. Pocahontas site is ideal to cover a very large service area around Gillies Bay and some areas on the mainland around Powell River.

In addition to the economic opportunities created, the Texada Wireless Internet Tower also increased safety for residents because the tower houses the Amateur Radio Emergency Repeater Station as part of the Provincial Emergency Program. As well, Gillies Bay hosts the Texada Island Health Centre, Library, RCMP detachment, Fire Department, and Seniors Centre.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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