PETERBOROUGH- Outdoor wireless internet is now available for everyone who shops, dines, works, lives and enjoys downtown Peterborough.
The Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) made the announcement today.The WiFi network is designed to be used outdoors to enhance the downtown experience according to the DBIA. The first phase of the network covers some of the highest traffic areas downtown, including sections of Hunter, Charlotte and George streets.
To use the network, look for DowntownPTBO WiFi on your device. Selecting the network will bring you to our landing page where you can log in by agreeing to the terms of service. No password is necessary and it is 100% free to use. The network has been operating for the last two months and has already had 30,000 logins.
“In 2014 we held a strategic planning session with our members and public WiFi was named as one of our top 5 priorities,” says Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director. “This network will be a big asset for our businesses as well as the patrons who support our local businesses.”
The project was made possible with the support of
Community Futures Peterborough, Peterborough Utilities Group, and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development.
“The public has already shown that there’s a strong demand for free WiFi,” says Joel Wiebe, DBIA Communications Manager. “There’s a lot of excitement from our partners in the community and I look forward to working together to use this new asset to enhance the downtown experience and draw more visitors.”
“We know that offering public WiFi directly relates to people spending more time at that destination and generating more economic activity,” says Jeff Day, Executive Director of Community Futures Peterborough. “We’re pleased to support the DBIA to make this project a reality and enhance our downtown core.”
The DBIA is also launching a downtown app to help people find out what’s happening downtown and where to shop, eat, drink, play and stay. You can download it for free from the App Store or Google Play Store .