Western communities get public Wi-Fi

August 10, 2022
CEO of the Universal Service Fund, Daniel Dawes (right), is joined by (from left) Parish Manager for the St James Health Department, Lennox Wallace; Pastor of the Redemption Chapel in Canterbury, Lascelles Thomas; Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon; St James Central Member of Parliament, Heroy Clarke; and Deputy Superintendent of Police  Angela McIntosh-Gayle, in the unveiling of the sign for the Canterbury free public Wi-Fi hotspot on Monday.
CEO of the Universal Service Fund, Daniel Dawes (right), is joined by (from left) Parish Manager for the St James Health Department, Lennox Wallace; Pastor of the Redemption Chapel in Canterbury, Lascelles Thomas; Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon; St James Central Member of Parliament, Heroy Clarke; and Deputy Superintendent of Police Angela McIntosh-Gayle, in the unveiling of the sign for the Canterbury free public Wi-Fi hotspot on Monday.

The communities of Farm Heights and Canterbury in St James have been provided with free, public Wi-Fi under the Universal Service Fund (USF) Community Wi-Fi Programme.

The secured hotspots were officially launched on Monday. The Internet facilities have a range of 800 feet and will allow 200 residents to simultaneously access high-speed service.

This was done in a bid to expand residents' computer literacy, access new information, improve students' academic performance and create opportunities for the uneducated and underemployed to acquire valuable skills.

A resident of Farm Heights, Sanikie Peddie, told JIS News that the installation of the public Wi-Fi is timely, given the approaching school year.

"We have quite a lot of children here and also we have a neighbouring school which will definitely put this Internet access to use," she said. "Also, for the homework centre, we have adults here who come and volunteer and we have the marching band. So it (community Wi-Fi) will be well utilised."

In Canterbury, Green Pond High School student, Tasania Dixon, said she will be using the Internet facilities to do her schoolwork. The grade 11 student noted that in addition to the children, the adults in the community are also in need.

"It will help them to build up their vocabulary and search up information. So I want to say thank you [to USF] very much, it really helps a lot," Dixon said.

The USF already installed community Wi-Fi in the Bogue Hill and Flanker areas of the parish. The Catadupa, Cornwall Court and Mt Carey areas are next on the list.

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