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LETHBRIDGE: Downtown improvement groups are calling Lethbridge's new free wireless internet network another "unique" element to attract visitors to the city center. They launched a public, free Wi-Fi connection in Galt Gardens Thursday.

"We're looking at the downtown to become a unique destination location, so having wireless in the downtown core is a great step towards that," said Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) manager Ted Stilson. "This is just the first phase in that project, so it makes the downtown a better place." As of now, the BRZ office and the Galt Gardens are the two main hubs that are live with Wi-Fi as of Thursday. But Stilson says if use and demand for the service are high, they'll be looking to expand the "umbrella" of wireless to other buildings downtown. He has his sights set on Park Place Mall as the next candidate for free public Wi-Fi access.

Ald. Jeff Carlson attended the network launch. He said it's all part of council's "strategy." "To keep downtown revitalized and keep it as the heart of our city. And once we get the Community Arts Centre, and get this whole cultural corridor through here, this place is going to be busy, busy, busy, 365 days a year." Organizers say Lethbridge is likely the first municipality in southern Alberta to offer free access to wireless internet to its residents.

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 4/20/2014 1:41:55 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News -- photo by Country 95 News: Jeff Carlson speaks at Thursday's launch
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