Prince Albert goes wireless

Saskatchewan to offer free Internet access in four cities

Residents and visitors to Prince Albert, Sask.'s downtown business district can now access the Internet free-of-charge using a new wireless network.

The Saskatchewan! Connected initiative offers users basic Internet service via a wireless network operated by the government's Information Technology Office and designed and deployed by SaskTel.

The service will also be integrated into the existing wireless services available to students at the Woodlands campus of SIAST in Prince Albert.

"Saskatchewan! Connected will benefit businesses and visitors to our province, and builds on Saskatchewan's reputation for innovation and being in the forefront of technology advancement," said Minister of Regional Economic and Co-operative Development Lon Borgerson.

The new service will help to bridge the digital divide by providing no-cost Internet access to residents living in close proximity to Prince Albert's downtown core who may be unable to afford monthly rates for Internet services.

As a publicly-accessible network, special provisions have been made to prevent access to inappropriate materials.

The service is already available in select business districts of Moose Jaw and Regina, and will soon be available in Saskatoon.

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