Windsor Park area gets free Wi-Fi hot spot

Ellio Solomon, with his daughters Sydney, left, and Shawn, second from right, and wife Betsy, far right, at the launch of the free Wi-Fi service at Windsor Park on Oct. 1. – Photo: James Whittaker

A community park in the Windsor Park area of George Town gained a public Wi-Fi hot spot this month, thanks to an initiative from former legislator Ellio Solomon.

Residents in the community, one of the least privileged areas in the capital, will be able to get free Internet access in the park.

Mr. Solomon launched the new service at an event on Oct. 1.

He said Wi-Fi was increasingly important at a time when everything from job applications to school homework required Internet access.

“We may not all have the same capacities in life but we should all have the same opportunities,” said Mr. Solomon, CEO of Vision 3E media company, who, along with his wife Betsy, is funding the cost of the service.

Appearing alongside his family, including two of his daughters Sydney and Shawn, at the launch event, Mr. Solomon said he hoped Windsor Park would be the first of many community Wi-Fi hot spots.

Food, drinks and entertainment were provided and volunteers were on hand at the event to sign residents up for access to the password-protected service.

Valda Myers was among those who signed up.

She said she had Wi-Fi at home but would make use of it whenever she came to the park.

“I think it is good for the community because not everyone can afford Wi-Fi at home and sometimes people can’t afford credit. Also, if they have some friends or family in Jamaica, they can come to the park and be in contact with them.

“I am very proud of Ellio for doing this for the community and we appreciate it a lot.”

Mr. Solomon said he had some support from Flow to get the service up and running and would fund the costs for at least a year. He hopes to get private sector support to bring similar services to other communities.