Digital Gwynedd: Public access Wi-Fi in rural communities

Date: 24/09/2018

Work is underway to work with communities across Gwynedd to establish networks that will enable them to offer free wireless access to the public.

Gwynedd Council has successfully secured funding through the Rural Communities Development Fund to develop the Digital Gwynedd project: Public Access to Wi-Fi in Rural Communities.

As a result of the Superfast Wales programme, broadband is now available to over 80% of homes and businesses throughout Gwynedd, and this scheme could offer a great opportunity to use this infrastructure to benefit Gwynedd's individuals and businesses.

An initial call to promote the project and recruit interested communities opened in April 2018. Since then seven communities have started the process of establishing a wireless system in their communities, but the Council still wants to hear from communities that could benefit. 

Ben Gregory from Siop Griffiths Ltd, Penygroes, one of the members of the organising group said: “We are delighted to be able to establish a wireless network for the residents and visitors of the area. We are very keen to develop the area and attract visitors to Pen-y-groes, and to the Nantlle Valley more widely. The wireless offer will add to the proposal and enable us to connect and attract visitors to the Valley.”

In addition to Penygroes, the communities of Bethesda, Nefyn, Harlech, Ffestiniog, and Beddgelert will also be assisted in establishing wireless access systems in the coming months.

There is still an opportunity for communities to declare an interest in establishing a wireless access system. Up to three additional communities will be considered as part of the scheme. Applications will be considered up to 30/09/18.

For more details about the scheme contact: Rachel Roberts of Annog Cyf by emailing: rachel@mentermon.com or telephone 01766 514057.