Western Park in Clarendon gets free Wi-Fi service

September 20, 2022
Chief Executive Officer, Universal Service Fund (USF), Daniel Dawes (back row right); Councillor for the Denbigh Division of Clarendon, Joel Williams (back row centre) and Councillor, May Pen North Division, Tanya Lee Williams (back row left) along with community members and other stakeholders unveil the Western Park community Wi-Fi sign during a ceremony held in Clarendon on September 16.

Residents of Western Park in Clarendon now have free Internet access, courtesy of the Universal Service Fund (USF).

The Wi-Fi service was launched in the community on Friday (September 16) by USF’s Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes.

He urged the residents to make the best use of the facility, noting that its establishment forms part of Government’s efforts to provide greater Internet access to Jamaicans.         

“Anybody that comes into this space, once you have need of the use of the Internet for school purposes, you want to do a bank transaction, you want to pay your light bill, you want to pay your water bill, any activity that requires the use of the Internet, you can come right here, and it will not cost you a dollar,” he said.

Mr Dawes urged residents to protect the facility.  “There are hundreds of districts throughout the length of the country that would have wanted (the service). Please, residents of Western Park Clarendon, don’t allow anybody to deprive our children. Remember they are the future of this country,” he said.

Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, in his remarks, said the provision of the community access point falls in line with the country’s national development plan.

“This is very good, and the USF has been creating access points all over the country for our people to benefit. I would like to thank the Government of Jamaica,” he said.

Councillor for the Denbigh Division, Joel Williams, thanked the USF for the establishment of the facility, noting that hundreds of residents will be utilising the service.

 “We want this facility to be used as a tool for furthering educational development. We want it for those youngsters who are living in homes that do not have any Internet connection,” he said.

Community member, Pastor Norman Gentles, said the provision of free wi-fi service “is a great move in our community.”

“It will help in building our community. I encourage persons to use it for the betterment of their lives,” he urged.

Persons can connect to the Wi-Fi within 300 feet of the access point. The facility can accommodate up to 200 persons at any one time.

The USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, is mandated to provide Internet connectivity and increase the use of information community technology (ICT) devices across the country.


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