Wandsworth may offer fibre optic broadband to council tenants

The council’s housing committee will meet on November 14th

As part of Wandsworth Council’s ‘Connected’ campaign, it wants to ensure that estate tenants can access the internet as easily as other residents, especially since soon they will need to get online to claim benefits via Universal Credit. To this end, it wants to partner with an internet company and offer tenants super-fast fibre optic broadband.

According to the council, while 85 % of residents have internet access, the figure for council tenants is about 66 %. Moreover, tenants have access to broadband but since this is via copper wire the speed is not always fast and they have to pay line rental.

The council’s housing committee will meet on November 14th and if they decide to go through with the plan, officers will conduct research to determine the interest of tenants before the official tender process is started.

The move is important especially since the government has recently published its Digital Strategy report where it talks about its ‘digital by default’ agenda and wanting to shift all public sector services online.


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