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PORTSMOUTH is set to become a Super Connected City as it secures £4.7m from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport.

The city will be awarded the vital funding through the Super Connected Cities Programme, and will benefit from superfast broadband.

Portsmouth City Council has been working with the University of Portsmouth to put together an exciting series of community projects.

Four key projects have been outlined for Super Connected Portsmouth.

They aim to transform public services, provide Wi-Fi concession and good quality free wireless access, enable connection vouchers and stimulate business growth.

Project 1 is transforming public services including having free, good quality Wi-Fi hot spots in council buildings as well as access to a roaming service provides connectivity to learning networks in all Wi-Fi hot spots.

Project 2 is about the Wi-Fi concession and ensuring wireless access points in council open spaces open to residents, visitors and businesses

Project 3 includes connection vouchers for small to medium enterprises to offset the cost of a fibre internet connection.

It will help promote wider trading, and stimulate local small business growth.

Finally, Project 4 will be a demonstrator hub with hi-spec digital technology and a drop in location for signposting for business support, and internet advice.