Britney Spears is coming to Dawson.
Well, not in person.
But her teen tunes could soon be filling the town’s historic streets.
And residents aren’t happy about it.
So they’re balking at cellphone coverage.
The town is supposed to get coverage to better its emergency services.
But there’s a catch.
The service will only be available within a five-kilometre radius of Dawson.
“So, by the time ambulances can call in with information on a patient, they will already be at the health centre’s door,” said Dawson vet John Overell.
At first, Overell thought the new cell coverage would help his practice.
But after learning about its limited range, he changed his mind.
“And tourists like the fact they can go somewhere without cellphone service,” said Overell.
Cellphones will change the face of the town, especially in the summer, said Sunnydale resident Holly Halistein, who had plenty of experience with cellphones while growing up in Europe.
“If Dawson gets cell service, then all of a sudden there are going to be 50,000 tourists making phone calls on Front Street all summer,” he said.
“And people say they aren’t going to be used in bars and restaurants, but you’re not going to be able to educate all those tourists.” (GK)