Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Free public Wi-Fi access coming to 25 City facilities

Free Wi-Fi access will soon be available to the public at 25 City facilities, thanks to a five-year sponsorship agreement unveiled today between the City of Ottawa and IceNet Wireless, an Ottawa-based wireless internet company and a division of EION Inc. This is the latest sponsorship under the City’s Community Champions Program.

The City of Ottawa issued a request for proposals last year seeking a company to provide no-cost Wi-Fi service while generating revenue for the City. The winning proposal by IceNet Wireless met these criteria and included a guaranteed $315,000 in revenue over five years for the City and bilingual support for Wi-Fi users.

“Ottawa residents have been calling for Wi-Fi access in City buildings and today we are able to answer that call,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This Community Champions partnership gives residents a service they need, at no cost to the City, and generates $63,000 in revenue per year. It is truly a win-win deal.”

Services will be installed over the coming months in several recreation complexes and community centres across the city as well as the ByWard Market Building, Ben Franklin Place and City Hall. The 25 locations will all be online by July.

“The new Wi-Fi service will allow parents to work or check their e-mail while waiting for their children to finish up activities at their neighbourhood arena or swimming pool,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. “This makes our recreation facilities more functional for families and provides a higher level of customer service to all users of our facilities.”

“Whether at work or at play, Ottawa residents want to stay connected to each other and to the world, and technology helps us do that” said Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Information Technology Sub-committee. “I’m pleased that upgrades to our City’s infrastructure, like this one, help give Ottawa residents that connectivity they deserve.”

“I’m very pleased that IceNet is able to work with the City of Ottawa to provide public WiFi access,” said Kalai Kalaichelvan, CEO of IceNet Wireless. “We will also launch a Multi Media platform that includes high definition digital displays, online access and web services, allowing businesses to better connect and communicate with Ottawa residents. I am proud that IceNet Wireless is the latest Community Champions Partner and I look forward to seeing this partnership grow.”

The Community Champions Program is a partnership initiative that invites businesses, community organizations, foundations and individuals to sponsor City of Ottawa facilities, programs, services and community initiatives.

The 25 facilities due to receive free Wi-Fi in the coming months are:

  • Ben Franklin Place/Centrepointe
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
  • ByWard Market Building
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre
  • Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  • Greenboro Community Centre
  • Heron Road Community Centre
  • Hunt Club – Riverside Community Centre
  • Jack Purcell Community Centre
  • Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
  • Kanata Leisure Centre
  • Kanata Recreation Complex
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Ottawa City Hall
  • Overbrook Community Centre
  • Plant Recreation Centre
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex
  • Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
  • Ron Kolbus-Lakeside Gardens
  • Splash Wave Pool
  • St-Laurent Complex
  • Walter Baker Sports Complex

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