Kevin Arseneau Urges Government to Guarantee Provincewide Cell Phone Coverage
October 24, 2023
FREDERICTON – With New Brunswick already experiencing the effects of climate change, including more frequent extreme weather events, effective communication has become vital during climate-related emergencies to ensure public safety and minimize the impact of climate-related disasters.
On Tuesday, Green MLA for Kent North Kevin Arseneau tabled a motion, urging the government to take immediate action to guarantee provincewide cell phone coverage, including the implementation of necessary public infrastructure and financial investments to ensure reliable network connectivity.
“Unfortunately, cell phone coverage remains inconsistent across New Brunswick, with many rural areas experiencing inadequate or unreliable cellular network service, rendering rural New Brunswickers vulnerable during times of climate-related emergencies,” stated Arseneau.
He continued: “Cell phones and wireless communication provide a crucial means of broadcasting timely and life-saving information to the public during emergencies, such as evacuation notices, weather alerts, and safety instructions.”