The City of Surrey has one upped Vancouver. We will soon have 40 free WIFI hotspots located throughout the city. Vancouver has been working on a similar deal for over 10 years but has still not inked it.
Surrey carved out the deal in only six months and is the first city in the Lower Mainland to get it. Best of all it's free to the City of Surrey and to those connecting to the service. OK, I know, there's no such thing as free, it's just kind of free. The City of Surrey gave Shaw the right to install WIFI equipment in city buildings as a trade off.
As a Surrey and South Surrey real estate agent, I'm curious as to the breadth of coverage the 40 hotspots will provide in the vast City of Surrey. I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth; 40 locations will suit me just fine. The hot spots will be community centres.
Realtors in Surrey, South Surrey and White Rock, find themselves doing a lot of work on their phones and tablets. Zooming from our home offices to our brokerage offices and then on to see clients. We are often asked to provide information on Surrey and White Rock homes for sale to clients and time is of the essence. Many real estate agents are fairly paperless these days, but we are very dependent on a strong wifi signal. Sometimes we battle with unstable internet connections. These back up hot spots will definitely be handy, particularly in South Surrey and nearer to White Rock, where cellphone and internet reception is sometimes intermittent.
White Rock, Surrey and South Surrey real estate agents will be able to get a map of the hot spot locations and just pull over to do work for their clients. My crystal ball shows real estate agents saving a little fuel, having better wifi reception (the deal includes good bandwidth), and being able to serve our clients even faster. How great is that? I won't fight City Hall on this one. Thank you City of Surrey, I appreciate the efficiency.Mike Alleyne604-785-7066Homelife Benchmark Realty, South Surrey Real Estate
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