Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Four new Public Wi-Fi hotspots around the city

The City of Calgary, together with Shaw Communications Inc., is officially launching Public Wi-Fi service to Calgarians. Starting May 13, 2014, Wi-Fi will be available in four city locations including Devonian Gardens, Chinook LRT Station, Village Square Leisure Centre and Southland Leisure Centre.

“This collaboration with Shaw Communications Inc. promotes greater accessibility at City facilities and creates a highly connected community,” said Heather Reed-Fenske, manager, Innovation & Collaboration, Information Technology. “City facilities such as arenas, golf courses and LRT stations are ideal locations to offer Public Wi-Fi. Though we are initially launching four sites, the plan is to have more Public Wi-Fi hotspots at City facilities available in the future.”

Users can sign-up for a free ShawGuest account and will receive 500 megabytes of monthly data to use at any of the four Public Wi-Fi locations. There is no charge for creating an account or using the service, however users must register by selecting ShawGuest on the list of available Wi-Fi hotspots on their device.

Once ShawGuest is selected, users will be prompted to register for the service and will receive 30 days of access. When the 30 days expire, those who use the service must register again to access another 30 day period. Shaw customers have the option to register for a ShawGuest account or use their existing Shaw login information.

“The partnership between The City of Calgary and Shaw Communications Inc. is a win-win situation. Access to the Public Wi-Fi system is at no cost to citizens,” said Reed-Fenske. “Calgary is a fast growing city and the way we access information as a culture is changing everyday. Offering free Public Wi-Fi in City facilities allows citizens to find information on the go, when they need it, like booking a tee time or finding a drop-in fitness class.”

The City encourages citizens to provide feedback on what they think of the new service by submitting a service request to 311; and will continue to work with Shaw to determine future locations for Public Wi-Fi.

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