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Soufriere Residents To Receive Free Wi-Fi

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y Geneve Gonzag

In a significant move to enhance connectivity and digital access, residents and visitors to Soufriere are set to benefit from free public Wi-Fi for the next five years.

The initiative is being implemented by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) under its Universal Service Fund.

Residents will have the opportunity to enjoy seamless connectivity for educational, recreational and professional purposes while visitors can access information, stay connected and share their experiences online during their stay in this picturesque destination.

At present, telecommunications firm Flow is installing fiber-optic cables and access points to make district-wide Wi-Fi access possible.

Twenty-eight community Wi-Fi sites will be connected by the end of March 2024.

Users will simply need to connect to the designated network to access fast and reliable internet service at no cost.

The project is being undertaken by the USF in response to a proposal submitted by the Soufrière Font Saint-Jacques Constituency Council at the behest of the Parliamentary Representative for Soufrière Font Saint-Jacques, Hon. Emma Hippolyte.

“We are reintroducing free Wi-Fi to residents of Wingsville, New Development, Parnes, Fort Bernier, Lower Boulevard Street, and public users on the waterfronts and the Soufrière Square, and significantly expanding coverage by introducing the service to underserved communities such as Zeno, Saint-Philippe, Bellevue-des, Minnie, Mocha, Barons Drive, Marquette Road, and streets such as Delia Street, Smith Street, Victoria Street and High Street,” she said.

“We are also introducing the free Wi-Fi service to the bus stop and the Soufrière Hospital. For the next five years, residents and visitors to these areas will be able to connect with family and friends, have access to information, and be able to conduct business without having to worry about the cost of putting data on their phones.”

Infrastructural works are expected to be completed in March and all 28 hotspots will be activated by April 31.

SOURCE: Soufriere Regional Development Foundation

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5 COMMENTS

  1. While they are installing fiber optics cables for people to gain from free wifi. What about those paying bills over $200 who are not getting wifi for over three weeks in some communities in st lucia? This is pure crap. Bill increased in April but service run away from home.

  2. Nothing is for free. They just increase the bill recently and the cost of a data plan is going up every 3 months . The government is taxing us also . . Everything comes with a price as nothing is for free

  3. ALL DO IS COMPLAIN , COMPLAIN AND MORE COMPLAIN. TRYING TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR LUCIANS THEY COMPLAIN, INCREASE TAX TO HELP THE COUNTRY THEY COMPLAIN.
    WHICH COUNTRY IN THE WORLD RUN ON NO TAX, NONE . JUST A BUNCH OF ENEMY OF PROGRESS

  4. Actually anonymous…there are about 20 counties in the world where citizens pay no taxes…if Lucians are complaining due to high commodity prices it’s because these telecoms companies are monopolising the local sector and price gouge the living daylights out of the pockets of hard working citizens….the government should do more to allow citizens to pay less for telecoms…they should bring In other telecoms providers so there is competition which will reduce the price for citizens….

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