Free wi-fi hotspots planned for Portsmouth

The reception area at the civic offices in Portsmouth is to be made a free wi-fi zone
The reception area at the civic offices in Portsmouth is to be made a free wi-fi zone
Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward, mayor and mayoress Cllr Geoff  and Tina Fazackarley, with other councillors at the topping out Picture: Malcolm Wells (171120-8909)

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MORE than 45 buildings in Portsmouth will be transformed into free wi-fi hotspots, it was announced today.

It is part of the government’s plans to see more than 1,000 public buildings in cities across the UK offering free wireless internet.

Residents and visitors in the city will be able to connect at locations such as the International Ferry Port, libraries, community centres and museums. These buildings will join the Somerstown hub, which is already providing free wi-fi.

Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce said: ‘Hampshire Chamber of Commerce welcomes the free wi-fi hot spots initiative in public buildings to connect cities for business across the UK and in particular Portsmouth.

‘The requirement for those in business to keep connectivity with their clients and colleagues is essential in keeping up productivity.

‘It remains however that ultra fast broadband roll out to business premises must remain a priority if the UK is to remain serious and competitive in business today.’

Kevin Briscoe, chairman of the Portsmouth Area Committee of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, added: ‘We welcome this announcement today. The need for businesses and their customers to stay connected while on the move is essential and the creation of these free wi-fi hotspots throughout Portsmouth will enable that.

‘Our ambition to see Portsmouth as a super-connected city which will attract new business is a step further forward with this announcement.’

The programme is part of a £150m investment to transform the digital capability of UK cities.

Over the coming months, libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other buildings around the UK will begin to offer free wi-fi.

A full list of the locations is published on the right.

Some have already gone live, and the remainder are all on track to be up and running as soon as March 2015.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said: ‘The digital landscape of the UK is undergoing a period of tremendous improvement which is all part of the government’s long term economic plan.

‘I’m delighted this government scheme is on track.

‘These free hotspots will be instrumental in making UK cities even more attractive as places to not only do business, but to visit as well.’

Hotspots

Civic Offices Reception

Continental Ferry Port

Somerstown Hub

Buckland Housing Office

Somerstown Housing Office

Landport Housing Office

Leigh Park Housing Office

Paulsgrove Housing Office

Wecock Farm Housing Office

Tipner Park and Ride Building

D-Day Museum

City Museum

Cumberland House

Charles Dickens, Beddow Library, Carnegie Library, Central Library, Cosham Library, Southsea Library, North End Library, Paulsgrove Library & Alderman Lacey Library

Anchorage Lodge Community Centre

Baffins Community Centre

Buckland Community Centre

Cosham Community Centre

Eastney Community Centre

Fratton Community Centre

Havelock Community Centre

Highbury Community Centre

MIlton Community Centre

Paulsgrove Community Centre

Stacey Community Centre

Stamshaw & Tipner Community Centre

Brunel Centre Community Centre

Hillside & Wymering Community Centre

The Learning Place

John Pounds Community Centre

Tangiers Road

Skye Close

Buckland

Fratton

Landport

Northern Parade

Paulsgrove