News Release: RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO ENJOY FREE WIRELESS INTERNET IN TOWN March 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 20, 2015

RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO ENJOY FREE WIRELESS INTERNET IN TOWN
Two community owned businesses invest in an open access Wi-Fi project in Olds

(OLDS, Alberta – March 20, 2015) Connecting to the internet while in Olds will become easier starting this spring, when two community owned businesses team up to install no-charge Wi-Fi access points in various public spaces around town. Mountain View Power and O-NET, both owned by the Olds Institute, are collaborating on a three year project to install the wireless internet connection points. Profits generated by Mountain View Power, an electricity reseller in the region, will fund the project which includes $154,000 for capital investment and $ 42,000 in operating costs. O-NET, the community owned broadband network service will provide the technology required for residents and visitors to connect to basic internet services through-out this community of more than 8,600 people.

“Through community support of our businesses (O-NET & Mountain View Power), we are able to invest back into our community with the goal of making Olds a great place to live, learn, work and play.”, announced Dan Daley, Chair of the Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development after a recent board meeting.

Imagine sitting in Centennial Park on the south end of main street and placing a call without using a phone carrier or accessing the web to listen to music, read an eBook or upload photos to your social media accounts with out needing a data package. Parents will be able to text their children its time to come home with out requiring 3G service. More and more businesses in Olds publish their locations on the internet and being able to locate them via web maps adds to the ease of finding them. O-NET currently partners with Olds College to offer Wi-Fi access on the campus east of Highway 2a.

Mountain View Power is an innovative “Community Sustainability Initiative” which is a retailer of electricity with 100% of profits invested back into the community.

O-NET, Canada’s first community-owned and operated Fibre-to-the-Premises broadband network is recognized as having the fastest Internet speeds in the country. O-NET was born out of a passion to create a connected community in Olds.

The Olds Institute was formed in 2001 by community leaders who realized they could achieve more together than they could apart. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing their four founding members and includes members of the community at large.

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Contact Information:

Olds Institute
4512 – 46 St, Olds, Alberta Canada T4H 1R5
Phone: 403 586-4000
Fax: 403 556-6537
E-Mail: office@oldsinstitute.com
Website: www.OldsInstitute.com

 

Mitch Thompson,
Executive Director of Olds Institute
Phone: 403 586-4000
E-Mail: mthomson@oldsinstitute.com

 

Mountain View Power
4512 – 46 St, Olds, Alberta Canada T4H 1R5
Phone: 403 586-4000
Fax: 403 556-6537
E-Mail: sales@mountainviewpower.com
Website: www.mountainviewpower.com

 

O-NET
Bill Dunbar,
General Manager, O-NET
#8b, 5221 – 46 St., Olds Alberta Canada T4H 1T5
Phone: 403 556-ONET (6638)
Toll-free: 855 556-6638
Website: www.o-net.ca

 

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Centennial Park in Olds Alberta

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The Cornerstone Centre in Olds Alberta

Uptown Olds, Alberta at sunset.

Uptowne Olds Alberta