Multi-phase effort to bring public wifi to downtown and waterfront expected to be completed by next summer

Coverage area includes the waterfront and walking trails from the South Shore Community Centre to Heritage Park, including Meridian Place, and Dunlop Street from Mulcaster Street to Toronto Street.

The City’s effort to bring public wifi service to downtown Barrie and parts of the waterfront is proceeding, with the goal of having all five phases of the project completed by next summer, according to a memo to council.
Back on April 29, council adopted a staff report on the wifi project, conducted over the summer to select a vendor to implement the project over five phases, writes Ryan Nolan, director of information technology.
“The phased approach was chosen to provide the most flexibility for installation and budget. The coverage area includes the waterfront and walking trails from the South Shore Community Centre to Heritage Park, including Meridian Place, and Dunlop Street from Mulcaster Street to Toronto Street.”
Phases one through three (the waterfront) are due to be completed by next March. The City plans to work with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) on phases four and five to bring the downtown online by next summer.
“Overall the wifi project is progressing within budget, with major cost negotiations completed within expectations.”

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