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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Free Downtown WiFi Pilot Project Now Live in Taber

Free Downtown WiFi Pilot Project Now Live in Taber
May 15, 2018

TABER, AB – The Town of Taber is excited to announce that a new pilot project to provide free WiFi in the downtown has been launched. The Town of Taber has partnered with Mage Networks to supply free high-speed wireless internet along 48th Avenue. 

The network is discoverable on any device as “TaberHotSpot” and there is no password required to access the network. Currently it is in operation along 48 Avenue between 51st Street and 54th Street with plans to expand coverage in the future. 

“Earlier this year we approached businesses through the Taber & District Chamber of Commerce to ask for volunteer businesses to host WiFi devices on their buildings. We installed devices on a few businesses’ buildings and would like to thank those businesses as well as the others who volunteered their business to participate in this pilot project” says Ben Young, Economic Development Officer. 

“A downtown WiFi program encourages people to stay in the downtown as consumers are becoming more accustomed to having access to free WiFi,” continues Ben, “studies show that providing free WiFi increases the time consumers spend in a business and can attract people passing through on the Highway to stop in town. We hope that this project will support continued business growth in Taber.” 

Throughout the pilot project the Town will gather feedback from residents and businesses to determine if the network should be expanded to cover a larger portion of the downtown. You can find the survey on Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VGYBZ92 or on GrowinginTaber.ca and Growing in Taber Twitter. 

This free WiFi project is another example of Taber Economic Development’s continued support for business development and growth in Taber along with the recent launching of the LocalIntel and Bizpal online tools. 

For more information:
Meghan Brennan
Communications and Projects Coordinator

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