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(Posted 10 a.m., Feb. 8)
Orléans recreation facilities to provide free Wi-Fi service

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

East end parents will be happy to know that they will soon be able to surf the Internet while attending their son or daughter's 6 a.m. practice after the city released plans on Friday to provide free Wi-Fi service in a number of local recreation facilities.

Wi-Fi service will soon be available at the Bob McQuarrie Recreation Centre, the Ray Friel Recreation Complex, the François Dupuis Recreation Centre and the Splash Wave Pool as part of a five-year sponsorship agreement between the City of Ottawa and IceNet Wireless.

The City of Ottawa issued a request for proposals last year seeking a company to provide no-cost Wi-Fi service while generating revenue for the City. The winning proposal by IceNet Wireless met these criteria and included a guaranteed $315,000 in revenue over five years for the City and bilingual support for Wi-Fi users.

Services will be installed over the coming months at 25 facilities city-wide.

“Whether at work or at play, Ottawa residents want to stay connected to each other and to the world, and technology helps us do that” says Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney, chair of the information technology sub-committee. “I’m pleased that upgrades to our city’s infrastructure, like this one, help give Ottawa residents that connectivity they deserve.”

The Community Champions Program is a partnership initiative that invites businesses, community organizations, foundations and individuals to sponsor City of Ottawa facilities, programs, services and community initiatives.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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