The Halifax Regional Municipality is setting up a free public Wi-Fi service at the Dartmouth waterfront and at Grande Parade at City Hall.
The Wi-Fi system will be up and running today, according to the municipality, but users may experience some connectivity interruption as crews work out any bugs in the system.
The municipality said the system will be optimized over the coming days and weeks.
The new service is aimed at increasing economic activity and providing both residents and visitors with greater opportunities by making the internet more accessible to more people.
Wi-Fi will also be installed at the Halifax waterfront, work on that is currently underway. That system is expected to launch in the coming weeks.
“Everybody here is certainly very excited to launch it and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback so far,” said Nick Ritcey a spokesperson for the municipality.
“Lots of people calling in and asking when it’s getting going, so we expect people will really take advantage of the service.”
Indoor municipal Wi-Fi is also being developed at the Alderney Gate Public Library, Halifax Central Library, and the Halifax North Memorial Public Library, including the plaza areas outside each library.
Wi-Fi in those locations is expected to begin later this summer.
Ritcey said the municipality plans to expand its public Wi-Fi service to other locations in the future but details on that haven’t been worked out yet.
The municipal public Wi-Fi initiative was approved by Halifax regional council in February.
The municipal Wi-Fi will be operated by Bell Aliant, not municipal staff.
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