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Free wireless service now live in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Regina

Residents and visitors to Saskatoons Downtown and Broadway business districts can now access the Internet free-of-...


July 26, 2007  


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Residents and visitors to Saskatoons Downtown and Broadway business districts can now access the Internet free-of-charge using the Saskatchewan! Connected wireless network.

Frank Quennell, Minister Responsible for Information Technology, made the announcement today in Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan! Connected initiative offers users basic Internet service via a wireless Wi-Fi based network operated by the government’s Information Technology Office.

The system was designed and deployed by SaskTel using mesh technology manufactured by Cisco Systems Canada Co.

The service will also be integrated into the existing wireless services available to students at the University of Saskatchewan and Kelsey campus of SIAST in Saskatoon.

Creation of a wireless network was one of several proposals and ideas that surfaced earlier this year at a youth summit held in Saskatoon.

Free wireless Internet access was clearly identified as one of the tangible initiatives that would ensure our communities remain invigorating places where young people want to work, live and build strong futures, Quennel said.

Any existing desktop or laptop computer can be configured with a Wi-Fi adaptor for under $100 and then connected quickly and conveniently to the free service.

The service is also available in select business districts of Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Regina.

The capital cost of installing the network in the four centres will be $1.3 million, with annual operating costs of $339,000.