Two years ago, Montreal first announced plans to deploy free city wide Wi-Fi coverage and it the plan will be taking a big step this summer.
As of now the Free Wi-Fi network can be accessed in the Old Port of Montreal as well as the area surrounding the Palais des Congres.
But now the city of Montreal has announced that the Wi-Fi network will be extended to the downtown core, Quartier des Spectacles and all the way to Griffintown (Quartier de l'Innovation and Jeanne Mance Park)
The announcement is expected to happen today where the city will announce the new expansion phase of the network. 825 stations in total, and the city is also planning on making each of those stations more powerful.
The exact location of the new internet stations is scheduled to be announced today, we will update this article once that information becomes available.
Yesterday morning (May 6th), the Coderre Administration announced a plan they call Montréal, ville intelligente et numérique 2015-2017which would turn Montreal into a "smart city." The plan involves 70 different projects and would take up to 3 years to complete. These projects are aimed at improving the quality of life in Montreal by providing easier access to public services and facilitating democratic participation.
But they have a few cooler projects up their sleeves. They're planning on optimizing and digitizing public transport in Montreal so you would always know exactly where your bus/metro/taxi is in real-time. And best of all, they want to deploy a city wide public WI-FI network!
This isn't just for the benefit of the citizens. If Montreal becomes a smart city, we would be amongst a few in the world, which would essentially make up a niche market for business and technological development. And anything that makes Montreal more welcoming to businesses and investments is a good thing.
Never stress about your data-usage when you're looking up stuff in the city's centre because come summer 2015, Old Montreal and the downtown area will be fully equipped with free public Wi-Fi, reports TVA.
The first project to be launched by Montreal's "Smart City" initiative, tourists and citizens alike will have access to free Wi-Fi once May begins. Now you'll finally be able tell annoying tourists to "just check your phone" when they ask for directions, without them whining about being outside of their network.
$23 million in total will be invested into making Montreal "smarter" over the course of three years (2015-17). Free Wi-Fi is but one of many projects to be created with the large investment, with the others set to be formally announced this March.
Many of you may be saying "but what about Île-Sans-Fil! We already had free Wi-Fi!" and to you I cry shenanigans. Yes, Île-Sans-Fil does give 'net access to 15 different areas in Montreal, but lets be honest, the connection is spotty at best, and far from high-speed. Montreal definitely needs a boost in internet connectivity, so lets hope the city sets up a legit network that won't be having us waiting for pages to load.
No matter how you spin it, there are certain features of Montreal that a little, for lack of a better word, dumb. You know what I"m saying, those "how can this still be happening in 2015?" aspects of the city you really want changed. You're not alone in those thoughts, as a recent study by the l’Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) has shown, reports Journal Métro.
Asking Montrealers over the phone and online over the course of November, the OCPM delved into how Montreal could become a better "smart city" and make life easier for citizens. Despite the many Montrealers asked on two different platforms, the suggestions were all very similiar.
In general, to make Montreal a "smarter" city, citizens asked for improved transportation service, better organization for on the road construction so there are less traffic jams, and the ability to pay bills/tickets online. If the poll was taken post-ice storm, we're guessing snow clearing would definitely have made the list.
Launching Montreal into the modern age is the task of the city's bureau de la ville intelligente, who will take the study into consideration when planning their 3-year plan of action, to be released at the end of January.
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