Saskatchewan is set to offer free access to the province’s wireless Internet network starting this spring.
As part of the Saskatchewan Connected initiative, basic Internet service will be offered in the province’s four largest centres: Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina and Moose Jaw.
The service will be provided via a wireless Wi-Fi network operated by the government Information Technology Office, SaskTel, and other partners and was announced by Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister for Information Technology, Andrew Thomson.
The service will help business attract customers, and will also benefit visiting business people, according to Thomson.
“This initiative will demonstrate that Saskatchewan is a leader in innovation and technology advancement,” says Thomson.
In addition to the four centres, the services will be offered in select business districts that are close to the downtown core of Saskatoon and Regina.
“Expanding the province’s IT infrastructure was one of the many ideas presented by Saskatchewan youth at the recent Youth Summit in Saskatoon,” says Calvert.
He adds that this is just one more way of enhancing their communities.
The cost of the project is $1.3 million with annual operating costs of $339,000.