Watford Council announces free wi-fi network

Watford Borough Council has pledged to rollout a new free public wi-fi network that will cover the area’s community centres by the end of the summer and across town centres by the end of the year.

The new network will provide ‘always on’ connectivity to users at no extra cost to them or the council.

Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said: “I know from speaking with local residents that this is something they want – and it has long been an ambition of mine for Watford, so I am delighted that things are happening.”

Manny Lewis, managing director of Watford Borough Council, said: “The town centre in Watford is one of our key regeneration sites, and the introduction of wifi will not only help our residents and visitors get online – it will support business by increasing dwell time in the town centre.”

Additionally, the technology is set to support the Watford Community Housing Trust’s social inclusion initiatives, with 80% of its residents calling for increased online services.

Tina Barnard, Chief Executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, said: “Helping local residents to get online is important to us. As well as making it quicker and easier to access services, it can also help people to get more involved with what is going on in their local area.”

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