Free Internet access will be available at dozens of public locations if Kelowna city council accepts a proposal from Shaw Communications.
Wi-Fi zones would be created downtown, and at scores of parks, baseball fields, soccer pitches and other spots around the city.
Shaw would pay all costs for creating the Wi-Fi hot spots by attaching transmitters to municipally owned property. The system could be used by both Shaw customers and members of the public.
"The service will allow Shaw customers access (to the Internet) through their account information and non-Shaw customers access by registering with an email address and password," reads part of a report to council by Rob Entwistle, the city's information services manager.
Shaw is striking up similar arrangements with many other cities across Western Canada. Shaw says it is building the largest Wi-Fi network in Canada.
The Calgary-based company decided in September 2011 not to build a new cellular telephone network across the country, citing projected costs of more than $1 billion.
Its expansive Wi-Fi network is seen as an attempt by Shaw to keep its cable TV customers from migrating to rival telecommunications companies such as Telus and Rogers.
Entwistle says the proposal is a good deal for the city because it would require "significant capital and ongoing operational costs" for the municipality to provide Internet access at public locations.
"Visitors will know there is a hot spot available in the areas through small Shaw signage," Entwistle says.
If the plan is approved by council, creation of the hot spots will get underway soon and be complete in 2014.
Some of the planned Wi-Fi hot spots are: Bernard Avenue, the South Pandosy shopping district, the area around Spall Plaza, City Park, Waterfront Park, Stuart Park, the Parkinson rec centre, Rutland and Memorial arenas, Mission Recreation Park, 13 soccer pitches and 14 ball diamonds.