Sutton Coldfield Town Council has launched free public WiFi in the town centre. The system, which covers the junction at the Horse and Jockey, through the High Street to Sutton Coldfield College, will enable residents and visitors to log on and access the internet, social media and apps for free.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Simon Ward commented: “Free WiFi is an important part of a town’s infrastructure and something that forward looking and thriving towns need to invest in. It has been an ambition of the Town Council since we were established, and I am very pleased to see it go live.
“Access to online services is an essential part of modern life, but not everyone has the ability to pay for data contracts or wants to spend money on coffee to get access to free WiFi.
“Installing this system will also provide us with another route to communicating with residents in our Town Centre. We will be constantly looking to improve the system and to other areas of our Royal town where rolling out WiFi would be useful – as always we welcome the feedback of residents in all of these areas.”
Katie Hale, President of The Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce commented: “Having the WiFi facility in the town centre is a huge bonus to everyone, but especially for businesses in the area. WiFi seems to be an expected amenity in today’s climate and it shows we are a Town Centre that cares about visitors’ needs.”
Stephen Roberts, Chairman of Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Business Improvement District said: “WiFi within the Town Centre will help businesses, visitors and the community spirit we see in Sutton Coldfield.”
To access the Town Centre WiFi residents and visitors need to access the “Sutton Coldfield Town Centre” WiFi option and follow the log on process. Their data will be held by the Town Council and users can opt into mailing lists which will keep them up to date on the Town Council’s news and events.
This installation comes just weeks after the Town Council has outlined its plans to lead on town centre regeneration with the creation of a Town Centre Partnership to bring together the various interests.
The system was installed by Elephant WiFi, who are market leaders within the Public WiFi sector, installing, managing and supporting a number of towns across the UK.