City Offers Free Public Wireless Internet Service in Downtown

August 31, 2013

KIMBERLEY, BC  -  Visitors to Kimberley’s unique pedestrian-only downtown are now able to access free wireless Internet service to access the web on their mobile devices.  As part of a City communications initiative, the pilot project will enable people to connect online while also interacting in person in the downtown core. “The City has dubbed the service “Ki-Fi” for “Kimberley Wi-Fi”.  “This service will provide free internet to the downtown area, as a courtesy to our residents and visitors,” said Scott Sommerville, Chief Administrative Officer.


Locals and visitors who utilize the downtown or come to enjoy public events, such as First Saturdays, that want to share those experiences online will appreciate the opportunity to do so for free.  Kimberley is joining many other cities around North America that offer free Wi-Fi in public areas, and is the first to do so in the East Kootenay region.  


Signage in areas that have “Ki-Fi” network availability will be displayed in “hotspots” around downtown.  To use the service, users can search for available wireless networks on their mobile device and choose the “Ki-Fi” hotspot.  They then must accept the Guest Internet Terms and Disclaimer Agreement.  Please note all content will be filtered, thereby disallowing access to inappropriate sites.  In addition, City Hall staff will not offer troubleshooting for connectivity difficulties with mobile devices users may encounter with attempting to access the service.

Mayor Ron McRae believes the service will add “liveability” and “community connection” value to our community.  “People in Kimberley enjoy being outdoors and staying connected is an important part of people’s lives today.  This will enhance the visitor experience by allowing people to conduct on demand research, such as where to dine or enjoy family adventure.”

This project is completed as part of Kimberley’s Resort Development Strategy and through time volunteered by Jordan Eliason of RBBS Telecom.  Kimberley is one of 14 participants in the BC Resort Municipality Initiative.