City of Surrey and Shaw Communications Inc partner to offer free city-wide Wi-Fi service
September 30, 2014
Surrey, B.C. (September 30, 2014) — The City of Surrey, in partnership with Shaw Communications Inc., will be providing City Wide Wi-Fi service coverage at all recreation centres and at a number of parks, civic buildings and public spaces. Residents and visitors will be able to access the service free of charge at more than 40 key locations throughout Surrey.
Mayor and Council have approved a licensing agreement that will see Shaw Communications Inc. install, operate and maintain the City Wide Wi-Fi network. As part of the multi-year agreement, the City will provide Shaw access to city facilities and shared marketing opportunities in exchange for Shaw’s Wi-Fi services and support.
“Investing in technology and innovation is essential to building a city that is prepared for the challenges of the future,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Free, reliable and easily accessible City Wide Wi-Fi access is integral to the development of our city as it allows our residents to be socially engaged and well connected”
“With more and more people coming to live and work in Surrey, it is important that we encourage social engagement and connectivity,” says Cllr Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Investment and Innovation Committee. “The technological advancement and innovation this free Wi-Fi initiative brings will help in the transformation of our city at all levels.”
“This agreement represents another step in Shaw’s goal of providing our industry-leading Wi-Fi service to residents and customers across our footprint,” says Ron McKenzie, Vice President, Operations, Shaw Communications Inc. “We are excited to work with the City of Surrey in the coming months to bring the benefits of our Shaw Go WiFi service to as many city locations as possible.”
he installation of the City Wide Wi-Fi Service will begin in priority locations across the city within the coming months, including:
- Cloverdale Fairgrounds
- Fraser Heights Recreation Centre
- Guildford Library
- Guildford Recreation Centre
- North Surrey Recreation Centre
- South Surrey Recreation Centre
- Surrey Arts Centre
Shaw Go WiFi can be accessed in over 35,000 hotspots across Canada, from Victoria to Sault. Ste Marie, at no additional cost to Shaw Internet subscribers. A full list of locations is available at www.shaw.ca/wifi or by downloading the Shaw Go WiFi Finder App.
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 3.2 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 visit www.shaw.ca.
For further information, please contact:
Shaw Communications Inc.
VP, External Affairs