City of Edmonton to expand WiFi service with Shaw Go WiFi agreement
May 23, 2013
Edmonton, Alberta (May 23, 2013) - City of Edmonton and Shaw Communications announced today that Edmonton City Council has approved a proposed agreement that will see the Shaw Go WiFi network expand to public areas across the city.
The planned WiFi network will grant wireless Internet access to Shaw customers, Edmontonians and visitors alike when visiting areas throughout Edmonton popular for foot traffic and gathering, as well as LRT stations, facilities and libraries.
"Recent advances in digital communication are reshaping economies and societies of many cities around the world. Having readily available WiFi access in our city has become a necessity to be a fully digitally connected city," said Simon Farbrother, Edmonton City Manager. "Our relationship with Shaw provides a cost-effective way to provide our citizens with free online access from all important public and gathering locations across the City."
With the Edmonton Shaw Go WiFi network, customers and citizens will be able to browse the Internet and connect with friends from almost anywhere in the city on their wireless device.
"We are proud to be working with the City of Edmonton on this initiative, bringing Shaw Go WiFi access to Edmonton," said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. "In an increasingly connected and on-the-go world, we are expanding our WiFi services across Western Canada to bring the latest technology to our customers - so they won't miss a thing."
With the build to take place over the next two years, and with new access points being installed continually throughout this period, The City of Edmonton and Shaw Communications are pleased to offer an unparalleled online experience for the residents of Edmonton.
For more information about Shaw Go WiFi, please visit www.shaw.ca/wifi.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.3 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visitwww.shaw.ca.
About City of Edmonton
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For further information, please contact:
Shaw Communications Inc.
VP, External Affairs