Weak cellular signal strength has been a frequent complaint in Innisfil. After residents, including me, objected in 2012 to placing a cell tower within the boundary of Innisfil Beach Park, InnPower embarked on a plan to build five new communication towers for its own use, with the intention of also leasing these facilities to telecom companies. Rogers planned a sixth tower of its own at a golf course site in Guildford.
A media article published in May reported that the Town had recommended tower sites to Industry Canada in 2014. Following approvals, towers were supposed to be “rising over Innisfil by summer”. In fact, three of the towers are built but InnPower is still engaged in lengthy negotiations with telecom companies to use them. A news article published in September reported that three towers are complete and “would be operational by the end of the month” [Sept.]. The location and status of these projects was:
- Alcona wastewater plant, built; will be used by Bell Mobility
- Fennel’s Corners, built; will be used by Bell Mobility
- Innisfil Heights hydro substation, built; no interested cellular provider yet
- Cellular companies showed no interest for a tower near Sandy Cove or Belle Ewart and those two proposals were dropped.
As yet it doesn’t appear that any of the three tower locations, or Rogers new site, are functioning. But if the major cellular providers are serious about improving service to customers in this area, other companies will be following Bell Mobility’s lead.