It appears that Bell Canada is moving ahead with Deferral Account development work in the SSM – Airport areas. This is in spite of the appeal submitted by Rogers to the federal cabinet.
Bell Canada hosted a public information meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Sault on 19 May 11 to receive input and comment on two new cell sites proposed for the Sault west end. This is part of the formal process required by Industry Canada regulations pertaining to the construction of new towers. No objectives were raised about the sites. This is not surprising as I was the only one from the public in attendance.
The sites are to be located at 978-B Second Line West (near Allens Sideroad) and Carpin Beach Road near Second Line West.
The first site is a gap filler site funded by Bell but the Carpin Beach Road site in the middle of one of the Distribution Serving Areas (DSA) designated as a Deferral Account area. The Bell representative further indicated that he would be checking sites in the Nokomis and Pointe Louise areas as part of the Deferral Account roll out.
These actions seem to indicate that the program schedule published in Feb 2010 showing a 2011 construction start date and 2012 service start date is still valid.