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Friday, July 13, 2007

Government embraces free Wi-Fi

The Saskatchewan government is backing what is being touted as Canada's largest Wi-Fi network. The switch was turned on yesterday in the downtown, the 13th Avenue business district and in the historic warehouse area (Note: I'll try to dig up some more info and provide a google map). There are some restrictions, porn and hate sites will be blocked, and since it is open Wi-Fi it is suggested that you don't do any Internet banking or other sensitive transactions. The cost to the Province is $1.3 million in infrastructure and startup costs and $340,000 per year in operational cost. Later this month, similar networks will be opened in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, and the Province's University campuses will go live in the fall. See the CBC story here.