Federal funding of $100,000 is planned to expand and accelerate downloads at public parks and facilities throughout the year.
Did you struggle to post the perfect photo of the Lake Lafarge fountain on Instagram?
How about that video you wanted to upload of yourself lifting 425 pounds in the Pinetree Community Center weight room?
Well, it looks like faster free wireless internet in Coquitlam is on the way.
In a statement released today (July 14), the city says it has received a $100,000 grant from the federal government to double the speed of its current network by upgrading equipment and infrastructure, some of which dates back for almost ten years.
“This year’s grant allows the City to increase bandwidth from 1G (gigabit) to 10G at all access points and upgrade Wi-Fi equipment at the Poirier Sports and Recreation Complex and the Downtown Aquatic Center,” says Danny Bandiera, city director of information, communication and technology.
Coquitlam currently has 33 Wi-Fi hotspots installed in public parks, plazas and civic facilities including Downtown Park, Coquitlam Crunch, Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pool and Evergreen Cultural Center.
It’s also the last upgrade to most of the city’s major Wi-Fi hotspots since 2016.
“Improving free Wi-Fi in our parks and facilities will allow residents and visitors to stay connected while enjoying our city’s recreational facilities, festivals and events, parks and trails,” added the Mayor. of Coquitlam, Richard Stewart.
“We appreciate the support of our federal and provincial partners and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities as we work to improve services for the community.”
The money comes from the Canada Community Development Fund (CCBF), which was created to provide stable infrastructure funding to local municipalities.
Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam MPP Ron McKinnon believes a faster internet can have a lasting impact on today’s day and age.
“Having access to fast, reliable wireless service is essential in our increasingly digital world. Increasing bandwidth at public Wi-Fi hotspots will provide Coquitlam residents with better access to essential resources, at work, school and various online services.”
For more information, you can visit the City of Coquitlam website.
The locations of the Wi-Fi hotspots are as follows (in no particular order):
- Cottonwood Park
- Brookmere Park
- Lake Como Park
- blue mountain park
- Mackin Park
- Rochester Park
- Dogwood Pavilion
- Poirier Community Center
- Poirier sports and leisure complex
- Spanish outdoor pool
- Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pool
- field house
- Mundy Park Off-Leash Dog Park
- Coquitlam Animal Shelter
- Coquitlam Crunch
- Austin Service Center
- Sheffield Park
- Riley Park
- Smiling Creek Park
- Galloway Park
- Queenston Park
- Victoria Community Hall
- Glen Pine Pavilion
- Coquitlam City Hall
- Downtown Aquatic Complex
- Innovation Center
- Pinetree Community Center
- TD Community Space
- Coquitlam Tennis Club
- Downtown basketball courts
- Downtown Skate and BMX Jump Park
- Percy Perry Stadium
- Downtown Park Upper “E” Parking Lot