SPTC to launch free Wi-Fi at Central Park
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Residents of San Pedro Town will soon be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi service at the Central Park courtesy of The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and the Government of Belize. That’s because Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) is fine-tuning final technical works to launch the free Wi-Fi internet service. The service is part of the government’s commitment to the residents of the island.
Wi-Fi is the name of a wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed internet and network connections. According to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the dialogue to install the free internet service at strategic public areas on the island started prior to the March 2015 municipal elections. “The project is a joint effort between the SPTC working along with the Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. We approached the Prime Minister, who agreed to assist us. We are the first municipality in the country that the Prime Minister approved this free internet service to,” explained Mayor Guerrero.
The original intention was to install the services at both Boca del Rio Park and Central Park, but, for the time being, the service will only be installed at the Central Park. When asked about concerns of the Wi-Fi intruding on family time, Mayor Guerrero stated, “We do encourage family time and we would encourage our residents to continue to enjoy that sacred family time. However, we also have a responsibility to help get internet available to residents who can’t afford it. We will not be able to stop people from getting on their gadgets while on family time at the park, but that is the nature of these things.”
The internet service will be an open access system, meaning that no password will be required for connectivity. The service is coming at no cost to SPTC and will be provided by BTL. It should be in effect by Labor Day weekend.
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