Thursday, December 19, 2013

The City of Calgary to offer public Wi-Fi in partnership with Shaw Communications Inc.

The City of Calgary to offer public Wi-Fi in partnership with Shaw Communications Inc.

The City of Calgary has awarded Shaw Communications Inc. with the contract to provide public Wi-Fi in City-owned locations.  The public Wi-Fi service will be free to all members of the public, and will be available in select public spaces throughout Calgary. Currently The City of Calgary is in discussions with Shaw Communications Inc. to establish details of the Wi-Fi program including the initial sites.

“The City manages a variety of public spaces and we were looking to partner with an organization that would be able to provide reliable Wi-Fi services, at no cost to citizens, as well as meet industry regulations and provide technical support,” says Heather Reed-Fenske, manager, Information Technology.  “Our goal is to provide citizens with fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and give city departments the ability to enhance the customer experience at City facilities,” Reed-Fenske adds.

Citizens will benefit from enhanced Wi-Fi coverage in core locations, and internet service will be at the same speed currently available for Shaw customers. The public can register one device per month to receive 500MB of data use. The City will provide Shaw with access to city facilities, and create shared marketing opportunities, in exchange for Shaw’s wireless services and support.

In 2012, Calgary Transit had 102 million riders on their system, and nearly 2 million citizens purchased a drop-in pass at a recreation facility. City facilities such as arenas, golf courses, LRT stations and swimming pools are ideal locations to offer public Wi-Fi. Many business units within The City of Calgary see value in providing Wi-Fi in high traffic locations to promote greater accessibility and create a highly-connected community.

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