City of Kamloops

November 28, 2006 16:30 ET

Private/Public Partnership Helps Kamloops Become 'Showcase' Wireless Community

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - In a few weeks, realtors, contractors, meter readers, city inspectors, insurance agents and other mobile workers will be able to go 'wireless' throughout the city. Eighty per cent of Kamloops' populated areas will have wireless access service through a unique P3 partnership between the city and the privately owned Internet service provider called On Call Internet Services.

Kamloops joins cities like Victoria, Toronto and Philadelphia as one of the most connected cities in North America, based on percent of population who will be able to receive wireless Internet connectivity.

The state-of-the-art wireless service will be available to mobile workers, businesses and residents on a pay-per-use basis or a monthly fee that will be approximately half the cost of wired Internet service. The WiFi ultra high-speed wireless connectivity is enabled by the City-owned Kamloops Community Network with its 40 kilometres of fibre optic cables.

Nine access locations have been constructed to provide WiFi connectivity to laptops and other compatible devices. An additional 14 'hot spots' for wireless Internet connectivity have been provided by private businesses bringing the total to 23. This will allow wireless connectivity in most of the city's populated areas. The expectation is that other businesses will help 'grow' the system by providing their own wireless access points.

"This unique model for wireless connectivity is a huge boost to our economy and gives people and businesses another great reason to move to Kamloops," said Mayor Terry Lake. "The service will improve the city's reputation as a great place to visit, live, study and work."

Enhanced productivity and increased safety for mobile city workers could be derived from automatic vehicle location for snow ploughs and municipal vehicles, parking and other bylaw violation information recorded instantly and inspectors downloading and uploading information instantaneously. It may eliminate the need for many to return to the office to conduct Internet-based transactions.

The city expects a strong return on its $106,000 investment over the duration of the three-year partnership arrangement for the inexpensive wireless connectivity that can be charged on a per use basis at $3.50 per hour, $14.95 per day or through a monthly fee of approximately $40.

Among the many attractions of the service is the ability for users to buy time which can charged on a per use basis or held for up to 12 months.

Contact Information

  • City of Kamloops / Venture Kamloops
    Jeff Putnam
    (250) 828-6818 or Cell: (250) 318-1725
    Peak Communicators
    Alyn Edwards
    (604) 689-5559 or Cell: (604) 908-7231