Summerside council considering free Wi-Fi for Heather Moyse Drive
The City of Summerside is willing to move ahead with a proposal to make free Wi-Fi widely available along the waterfront.
Council agreed during its Tuesday committee meeting to add the project to a list for funding consideration during the 2018 budget deliberations.
The idea was originally one of three youth-focused suggestions made by Summerside Intermediate School students participating in the Junior Mayor and Council program.
Following the suggestion, council asked staff to gather more information on the idea, which they presented at Tuesday’s meeting. According to Jason Muttart, the city’s IT supervisor, it would cost about $30,000 to install eight new Wi-Fi hotspots along Heather Moyse Drive, plus an additional $1,500 per year in licensing fees.
This would involve using the same kind of technology the city has been using for nearly 10 years at its current free Wi-Fi hot spots, including the dog park on Seaweed Road, Green’s Shore, Credit Union Place, city hall and the Lefurgey Cultural Centre.
Muttart said the numbers he used would depend on a couple of factors, such as whether the equipment can be powered using existing power polls (Summerside Electric is checking on that) and whether the hotspots prove popular and the city needs more bandwidth.
He also said staff suggested Heather Moyse Drive as opposed to Water Street, which had been brought up, because the buried infrastructure on the latter would make the project much more expensive.