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Free Wi-Fi in prairie cities

Briefs | 07/26/2007 2:03 pm EDT

Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw have joined the municipal Wi-Fi crowd. The Saskatchewan cities have unveiled wireless data networks providing free Internet access in public places. Part of the Saskatchewan! Connected initiative, the networks operate on Cisco Systems Inc. mesh access points in 450 locations throughout the municipalities. SaskTel designed and deployed the infrastructure. According to a Cisco press release, Saskatchewan! Connected was developed by the Government of Saskatchewan Information Technology Office in response to ideas from the 2007 Youth Summit in Saskatoon. Fredericton and Toronto have municipal Wi-Fi networks; numerous organizations in communities across the country are also erecting wireless hotspots.

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