Free Wi-Fi could come to Ulverston if trial is a success
Last updated at 15:51, Monday, 31 March 2014
RESIDENTS and visitors to South Cumbria could soon be surfing free of charge as free internet comes to town centres.
South Lakeland District Council could bring open access Wi-Fi to Ulverston if a trial period in Kendal proves to be a success.
The council is in the tendering process to award a contract and hopes to have an open access wireless network in Kendal in time for the summer tourist season.
Councillor Giles Archibald, portfolio holder for town centres and small businesses, said SLDC would look to bring the project to Ulverston at a later date if the scheme proves popular.
He said: “The idea is there’s going to be free Wi-Fi available in the town centre for people to use on their smartphones or their tablets.
“In terms of other towns, the idea is this project in Kendal will be a pilot and if it is a success the plan is to roll it out to other towns in South Lakes.
“We’ve got the funding for this project and if it goes well we’ll be looked on favourably for further expansion.”
Archie Workman, chairman of the Ulverston Business Alliance, said: “It would be brilliant for the town. We’ve been talking about Ulverston becoming a Wi-Fi area.
“If you just look at New Market Street as an example there are so many different businesses using Wi-Fi, it’s not just offices it’s shops and even doctors and dentists.”
Mr Workman, who manages the Ulverston Business Centre, added that the scheme would be a boost for the town’s tourism and increase passing trade.
He said: “So many people walk around with their smartphones and use them to look for places to go what’s available.
“I had a guy from Manchester who was staying in Ulverston and he was able to look me up on his phone and contact me to rent an office for the day.”
An SLDC spokesman said: “This process is still in the tender clarification stage so it is not possible at this point to put a timescale on the project because it depends who is appointed.
“The contract start date is May 1 and is for a two-year pilot project for Kendal only.”
First published at 15:41, Monday, 31 March 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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If this article is real then bring free wifi to ulverston as it would also make it che aper and easier to operate cctv via wifi connection so bring it on make the internet truly free as it was intended for in the first place it is what is needed and really it is needed now we are behind times in ulverston this would bring us up to date with the rest of the world
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