August 18, 2023 – Free public WiFi Internet service will be available at a number of Lakeshore parks after Council agreed to provide a Letter of Support to Gosfield North Communications at the Regular Meeting on Tuesday, August 15. The service will be a significant step towards enhancing digital connectivity for residents and visitors.
“This service will be yet another reason to visit Lakeshore’s incredible parks and public spaces and is a step towards digital inclusion and accessibility,” said Mayor Tracey Bailey. “The addition of free WiFi will help bridge the digital divide and provide free access to reliable Internet to individuals and community members who need it most. We appreciateGosfield North Communication’s leadership, and we are proud to partner with them on this important initiative.”
Lakeshore is the first municipality in Essex County to benefit from the initiative, which was made possible by a grant awarded to Gosfield North Communications through Connecting Windsor Essex.
The project will see the installation of necessary infrastructure at each of the designated public locations including:
Optimist Park, 775 Tecumseh Road
Ladouceur/Lions Park, 245 Ouellette Street
Lakeshore Town Hall, 419 Notre Dame Street
Duck Creek Park, 130 Duck Creek Blvd
Lakeview Park (trail and marina), 10 Lake Street
Millen Park, 1925 South Middle Road
Orioles Park, 1409 Oriole Park Drive
Comber Community Centre Park, 6211 McCallister Street
Gosfield North Communications will be responsible for the ongoing operation, maintenance, and support of the service. To facilitate ease of use, signage will be erected at each location, along with contact information for assistance.
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Municipality of Lakeshore. All of this is made possible through the successful acquisition of our Connect Windsor Essex Grant funded by FedDev Ontario,” said Don Casemore, General Manager of Gosfield North Communications. “This partnership enables us to provide complimentary public Wi-Fi access to Lakeshore'sresidents, enhancing their experience as they make use of the exceptional facilities. With a decade of dedicated service to Lakeshore's communities, Gosfield has proudly delivered high-speed fiber connections to numerous residences. This transformative project further exemplifies our unwavering dedication to fostering stronger communities.”
The free WiFi service in Lakeshore’s parks is expected to be available by mid-2024.