Digital Gwynedd: Public access Wi-Fi in rural communities

Date: 19/04/2018
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Up to 15 Gwynedd villages and market towns could benefit from a scheme to set-up networks that would allow them to offer free public wi-fi access.

Gwynedd Council has secured funding through the Rural Communities Development Fund to develop the Digital Gwynedd:  Public Access Wi-Fi in rural communities project.  Communities who are interested and who want to learn more about the scheme are welcome to attend an information session at Y Ganolfan in Porthmadog on 15 May.

Thanks to the Superfast Wales Programme, broadband is now available to over 80% of homes and businesses across Gwynedd, and this scheme is an excellent opportunity to utilise this infrastructure for the benefit of Gwynedd individuals and businesses.

 Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “The Council is eager to ensure that Gwynedd residents have convenient access to new technology and the internet.

“It is therefore pleasing that this exciting scheme offers the chance for between ten and 15 villages and market towns in Gwynedd to establish networks that would enable them to offer free wi-fi access to the public. The schemes would be led on a community-basis and would offer services to visitors and residents in appropriate areas, such as the high street, tourist attractions – these would be decided locally based on the community priorities.  

“The project aims to ensure that Gwynedd’s communities are more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous, ensuring that everyone, including residents and visitors to the area are able to enjoy the benefits of access to the internet.”  

Any Gwynedd community eager to benefit from this great opportunity is welcome to attend an information session which will provide more information about the project. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and to receive an information pack about the project and the session held on Tuesday evening, 15 May from 6pm to 8pm at Y Ganolfan, Porthmadog.

To register for the session or for more information please contact: Lindsey Ellis Edwards from Gwynedd Council’s Community Regeneration Service on email: lindseyellisedwards@gwynedd.llyw.cymru or call 01341 424 491.