Emancipation Park to get free Wi-Fi


August 10, 2018
Visitors to the island taking pictures of the 'Redemption Song' statue which stands outside Emancipation Park in New Kingston.

By December 2018, visitors to Emancipation Park, St Andrew, will have access to the Internet via their mobile devices at no cost. The connectivity is courtesy of the Universal Service Fund under its Connect JA Free Public Wi-Fi project.

Under Connect JA, seven free public Wi-Fi hot spots have been established at a cost of $124 million. The project complements the USF's Community Access Point initiative which has seen to the establishment of 271 Internet cafes in underserved communities islandwide.

Chief executive officer of the Universal Service Fund, Suzette Buchanan, said that the drive to establish free public Wi-Fi hot spots is in keeping with the agency's expanded mandate as outlined in the Telecommunications (Amendment) Act 2012.

Buchanan said Connect JA, which began in 2016, was also crafted in response to global trends which have seen the proliferation of wireless broadband service. She added that the project aligns with the Internet usage patterns of Jamaicans, many of whom are primarily using smart phones and other mobile devices to access the Internet.

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