A member of Goderich Council wants to see free WiFi return to Courthouse Square.
During presentation of the Goderich BIA Annual Report for 2019 this month, Councillor Stephen Tamming suggested replacing WiFi hardware that had been removed from buildings around The Square.
Tamming argues that such a move would benefit teens and others, who don't have a data plan on their phones.
Board Chair of the Goderich Downtown BIA, Elizabeth Van den Broeck calls the old WiFi service a "loss leader" that was relatively ineffective, because of the way core area buildings are configured.
She continues that the expense is not justified because of signal obstructions, and that there's not always a person available to reset a rooftop WiFi router above a business when service is interrupted.
Van den Broeck repeats the suggestion of another member of Council, who says individual businesses offering a guest WiFi service would a more cost-effective way to go.