If you have used up all your mobile data instagramming pictures of your dog near Kitsilano outdoor pool, you will soon see major relief from the City of Vancouver.
Earlier today, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation to select TELUS as the official supplier of the City’s free public Wi-Fi program.
The contract over five years encompasses 43 city-owned locations and properties including 26 community centres, four civic outdoor pools, three public golf courses, three civic theatres and two civic marinas.
According to a City report, there is no cost to users and anyone will be able to access the service for free. There is no exclusivity for TELUS mobile customers; no accounts need to be created and there will be no data cap.
The public Wi-Fi network will not collect any private information and is subject to audits of service quality.
Apart from the power supply, there will be also be no cost to taxpayers for the installation and ongoing operation of the hardware as TELUS will be responsible for the expense.
Three bids to fulfill the service were received by the City. The first free public Wi-Fi locations could be operational by fall.
More locations could be added in the future as the current scope is considered as the first phase of the project.