Watford Borough Council and intechnologyWiFi today announced that free WiFi has been installed across Watford’s community centres and sheltered housing schemes.
The community hubs and sheltered housing schemes are the first sites to benefit from the wider project of delivering an open, public WiFi service across the town centre. The new WiFi network will provide seamless, ‘always on’ connectivity for users out and about in the town, at no cost and without time or bandwidth limitations.
Tina Barnard and Watford’s mayor, Baroness Dorothy Thornhill, met some early users of the new WiFi network at one of the sheltered housing schemes, Hollytree House, on Thursday 29 October.
Dorothy Thornhill said: ‘Nearly all of us use the internet nowadays, so it's wonderful to be extending WiFi to new places in Watford. I'm pleased that residents in sheltered housing are some of the first to benefit – the internet is a great way of accessing public services and keeping in touch with friends and family.’
This first phase of the project within the community hubs and sheltered housing schemes forms a key part of Watford Community Housing Trust’s (WCHT’s) social inclusion mission, as it acts to meet the demands of its residents – 80 per cent of whom had been calling for more services online.
Tina Barnard, Chief Executive of WCHT, said: ‘Helping local residents to get online is important to us. As well as making it quicker and easier to access services, it can also help people to get more involved with what is going on in their local area. We are very proud to be part of this project.’
Natalie Duffield, CEO of intechnologyWiFi, said: ‘As a key partner in Watford’s digital transformation, it’s exciting to support the council to deliver better connectivity to its residents, businesses and visitors. This first phase of delivery is the beginning of a transformative journey for the town as it becomes a digital leader, and I’m very proud to see our services start to go live for the benefit of users in Watford’s community centres.'