Joy as our towns are get­ting con­nected

Project brings bet­ter wifi to pub­lic build­ings

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The first phase of an am­bi­tious £ 1mil­lion project to bring free, pub­lic wifi to Pais­ley, John­stone and Ren­frew town cen­tres is com­plete.

Ex­ist­ing wifi hotspots in pub­lic build­ings have been up­graded by new ser­vice provider Bos­ton Net­works, paving the way for fur­ther ex­pan­sion at brand new sites.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil de­pute leader Jim Pater­son hailed the work in­sist­ing it well help keep com­mu­ni­ties con­nected

He said: “Peo­ple in pub­lic build­ings – in­clud­ing li­braries and town halls – are now en­joy­ing a faster wifi ser­vice, with no need to log in or reg­is­ter.”

“Pais­ley’s La­goon Cen­tre, mu­seum and InCube stores are among the 25 pub­lic and com­mu­nity build­ings to have the new wifi, with more venues to be added to the net­work in the fu­ture.

“The project is an im­por­tant part of the coun­cil’s dig­i­tal strat­egy as it is go­ing to help tackle dig­i­tal ex­clu­sion and pro­vide peo­ple with the op­por­tu­nity to reach their dig­i­tal po­ten­tial.”

Pais­ley’s rep­u­ta­tion as a stu­dent- friendly town will be fur­ther en­hanced dur­ing phase two of the wifi ex­pan­sion with the in­tro­duc­tion of Eduroam.

“Eduroam is an in­ter­na­tional roam­ing ser­vice that will give stu­dents from any­where in the world the abil­ity to view ed­u­ca­tional re­sources stored se­curely on their in­ter­nal net­works,” Coun­cil­lor Pater­son added.

“It will be an hon­our to see Pais­ley be­come one of the first towns in the UK to pro­vide this fa­cil­ity when it is launched next year.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bos­ton Net­works Scott McEwan said: “We’re thrilled to com­plete the first phase of the con­tract to de­liver ro­bust and high speed wifi ac­cess to pub­lic build­ings across Ren­frew­shire.

“The project is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of how ef­fec­tive dig­i­tal pub­lic ser­vices can be used to im­prove dig­i­tal in­clu­sion and par­tic­i­pa­tion and drive eco­nomic growth.

“By work­ing closely with Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil, we’re now on track to de­liver the next project mile­stone, which will see pub­lic wifi rolled out to of­fer free in­ter­net ac­cess in John­stone, ahead of sched­ule.”

John­stone is tar­geted to be the first town cen­tre to have wifi ac­ces­si­bil­ity com­plete by De­cem­ber 2017, with Pais­ley and Ren­frew on track for com­ple­tion by Spring 2018.

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