Derry City Council rolling out free public Wi-Fi

Derry City Council has announced that it is in the process of introducing free Wi-Fi in all public places as part of a government scheme.

The council’s Business Opportunities team  is behind the rollout of the public Wi-Fi scheme, in partnership with local landlords and business owners.

The programme, which is part of the wider national Super Connected Cities scheme, will be funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Urban Broadband Fund.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said, “this is fantastic news for Derry and will transform the digital landscape of the city centre. For business, visitors and the public, accessing wifi in our cities is absolutely vital. These free hotspots will be instrumental in making Derry even more appealing as somewhere to not only do business, but to visit as well.”

The service has initially been launched this week with a full rollout expected by early 2015. Business Opportunities Manager with Derry City Council Louise Breslin, said “I am delighted that we will soon be able to offer this service throughout our public buildings, which will make a difference to both visitors and local people using the city centre.”

The project will be managed directly by Derry Council, and ICT Manager Paul Jackson explained how the public can access the service through a “simple one step registration process, which will allow users unlimited access… from all portable devices including iPads and mobile phones, and parents will be delighted to hear that filters will be in place to block inappropriate web material, so it’s safe for children to register. It couldn’t be simpler, safer or more convenient.”

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