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Cambridgeshire rolls out free access public wi-fi to market towns

CambWifi has gone live in St Neots and will be available in St Ives, Ramsey and Huntingdon town centres this autumn, helping residents stay connected in the next wave of Covid-19.

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The public access wi-fi is launched in St Neots marketplace, Cambridgeshire
The public access wi-fi is launched in St Neots marketplace, Cambridgeshire

Free public access wi-fi is being made available in market towns in the UK county of Cambridgeshire to help residents stay connected and bolster businesses during the next wave of Covid-19.

 

CambWifi has just gone live in St Neots and will be available in St Ives, Ramsey and Huntingdon town centres this autumn, bringing users internet access when they are out and about.

 

Connecting Cambridgeshire

 

The secure public access wi-fi network is being rolled out as part of the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme through the collaboration and investment of local authorities, recognising the importance of digital connectivity for everyone at this time.

 

CambWifi is already available in more than 150 public sites across Cambridgeshire. It is provided by Cambridgeshire County Council with the support of Huntingdonshire District Council, and additional funding for market towns from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more reliant on internet services to keep in touch. It’s vital that people can keep connected, particularly where mobile coverage is poor or people cannot afford internet subscriptions”

“Public access wi-fi has an important part to play in supporting struggling high streets and will help to bolster economic recovery from Covid-19 by encouraging people to shop locally and to support local businesses,” said Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority mayor James Palmer.

 

He said: “The Combined Authority is investing in digital connectivity for our market towns now and for the future. We hope the free wi-fi will bring a bit of good cheer during these dark days of Covid.”

 

Cambridgeshire County Council chair of highways and transport, councillor Ian Bates, added: “The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all more reliant on internet services to keep in touch. It’s vital that people can keep connected to get the support they need, particularly where mobile coverage is poor or people cannot afford internet subscriptions.”

 

St Neots is the biggest market town in the county and the launch of free CambWifi follows Huntingdonshire District Council’s (HDC) £12m St Neots transformation bid and the news that the town is the first in Huntingdonshire set to benefit from future-proof fibre to the premises broadband technology over the next two years as part of Openreach’s Fibre Cities programme.”

 

“As we strive towards a more connected society, this investment will make St Neots a more pleasant place to shop, work and play, and will mean that anyone with access to a mobile phone, tablet or computer can connect to the internet without incurring expensive data costs,” said St Neots mayor, councillor Stephen Ferguson.

 

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