The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today announced plans for a project that will see 1,000 public buildings across the UK given support to offer wifi to visitors and users.
Here in Birmingham, the plans drawn up by the city council’s Digital Birmingham team could see more than 100 locations benefit from the improved internet access.
Commenting on the scheme, Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City, said: â€œGiven the issues we have with deprivation and inequality here in Birmingham, there is a clear need to narrow the digital divide.
“Wifi going into settings such as libraries and children’s centres will greatly help our efforts to narrow this particular gap for citizens.
“And for those who are already familiar and have access to such technology at home, we need to ensure that Birminghamâ€™s public buildings keep up with the times, so they remain functionally relevant for their users.
â€œOur plans to install wifi into these buildings will undoubtedly enhance their worth and complement the existing services offered in them.
â€œOverall, this project will be a significant piece of the jigsaw when it comes to Birmingham delivering on its ambitions to be known a truly smart city.â€
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The draft list of sites proposed in Birmingham can be found here
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