Hammersmith to go wireless

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is to offer free wifi access across significant parts of the borough.

The council is set to sign a contract with communications company Arqiva to provide an H&F-branded wifi service. Registered users will get 30 minutes of free wifi a day and unlimited access to the Council’s website.

Arqiva will pay the Council £500,000 for the use of the lampposts to install the network. The Council will also get a share of any income generated.

The first part of the borough to benefit from the scheme will be Shepherds Bush which will receive free wifi by the end of 2013. Hammersmith will receive wifi soon after and Fulham by mid 2014. The service will only work in public locations, and not in homes, say the council.

There will be a flexible pay-as-you-go model without any commitment from users to spend after the first 30 minutes free has finished.

Cllr Greg Smith, H&F Council deputy leader said: “We know that many of our residents still do not have online access, so this deal will open up a new digital world to them.”

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