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Shaw partners with City of Calgary to offer free public WiFi

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The City of Calgary has reached an agreement with Shaw Communications to provide free WiFi at city-owned locations.

After reviewing applications, the city decided Shaw had the best proposal and technical expertise, and awarded Shaw the contract.

Shaw will partner with the city to install free WiFi zones in a variety of public locations including recreation facilties, parks and LRT stations.

“The City manages a variety of public spaces and we were looking to partner with an organization that would be able to provide reliable WiFi services, at no cost to citizens, as well as meet industry regulations and provide technical support,” says Heather Reed-Fenske, the city’s manager of  Information Technology.

During the initial launch of the program, public WiFi will be available in a select number of public spaces.

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“This agreement is another exciting step in our goal of extending our industry-leading Internet service outside the home,” said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc. “Thousands of our customers have told us how much they love Shaw Go WiFi, and extending access into Calgary municipal facilities will only add more value to the service.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says free public WiFi will give Calgarians better access to city services.

Once the initial zones are up and running, the city will collect feedback from Calgarians to evaluate the success of the program.

An announcement is expected soon on when the service will be available.