Portsmouth begins ‘My City WiFi’ project

In Portsmouth, five public spaces have been connected to the city’s free wifi network, representing the initial phase of the My City Wifi project.

The programme is being delivered in combination of Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth.

The first five locations to be switched on are Portsmouth Park and Ride, City Museum, the Council Chamber at the Portsmouth Guildhall, the City Learning & Information Centre at Chaucer House and Somerstown Central Community Centre.

By March 2015 a further 40 public spaces are expected to be connected to the service and according to a council statement, there is an agreement in place to extend the wifi programme to a further 35 locations at a later date.

Speaking of the announcement, Councillor Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “This is a tremendously exciting project and I am delighted to welcome the first five locations to the free My City WiFi service that will ultimately be offered at over 70 public buildings across the city.

We live in an increasingly digital world so it is vital that our city has the very best connectivity possible. My City WiFi will deliver this and will help ensure that whether you live, study, visit or work in Portsmouth you can connect to the digital world and all the benefits it brings.”

Mel Burns, Head of Information Service at Portsmouth City Council, said, “The My City WiFi service is completely free and people just need to bring their laptop, tablet or phone and log on at the locations across the city when they go live.

The switch on of the first locations to My City WiFi is the first step in making free wifi widely available across Portsmouth, and the project team of Super Connected have worked very hard to deliver this for the benefit of Portsmouth’s residents and visitors.”

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