The T.V. and Radio Society in Fort St. James continues to respond to the technical needs of the community.
In Fort St. James, two high definition channels have recently been added. This includes the Knowledge Network as well as Global.
But recently, the main objective has been to improve services not just within the town of Fort St. James, but also being able to serve those community members who live outside of the Fort.
“It’s all about improved service to the whole region,” said Dave Birdi, president of the society.
“The signal outside of town has improved and they are now receiving more channels. This is where our focus has been lately. The Cassiar Ranch for example, is now receiving more channels. We want to be able to service everyone.”
“The work we are doing is ongoing. Eventually, we are hoping to have more high definition channels and we are also working on improving cell service from major providers to the area as well,” Birdi said.
The society currently provides 31 television channels, 6 radio stations and free wifi.
An average householder in Fort St. James pays about $5 for service monthly.
The Fort St. James T.V. and Radio Society is the largest of its kind in Canada. The non-profit organization is completely run by volunteers.
“This is what has made us so successful,” Birdi said. “The help we get from volunteers is what keeps our costs down.”
The society came together in 1970 and has seen many changes over the years from satellite T.V. to digital technology.
Today, the signal covers a vast area and the services and channels continue to reflect the community’s needs.
“When people look at the savings overall and our channel selection, it’s all based on community input,” Birdi said.
“There’s something for everyone.”