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Free Wi-Fi Launch for Lowestoft

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Beccles, Bungay, Leiston, Halesworth and Saxmundham are set to be next as the first free public wifi has been switched on in Lowestoft.

It’s all part of East Suffolk Council’s exciting digital projects to help the local economy and improve online connectivity.

The wifi in Lowestoft will be available across the town centre and seafront areas – and the area’s market towns should be up and running later this year.

Supported by funding from the Getting Building Fund and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Innovative Projects fund, this new technology will be combined with bespoke business support, helping local businesses and the towns in which they are based, to grow.

Initially piloted in Framlingham in 2019, the free public Wi-Fi has now been launched in the main shopping areas of Lowestoft, as well as the seafront areas with an ambition for other market towns to follow later this year.

Councillor Stephen Burroughes, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Operational Partnerships and Digital Transformation, said: “The Wi-Fi zone will extend from the seafront to the town centre, including Kirkley High Street and the Triangle and make it easy for visitors and local people to get online when out and about. It is a digital scheme which we are really proud of.

Councillorr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We are committed to supporting local businesses and the provision of free-to-use Wi-Fi in public areas is just one of the innovative ways we are doing this. As well as helping people to stay connected whilst visiting our town centres, this scheme will enable town councils and business groups to improve services and offerings to attract more visitors.”

Councillor Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft, said: “Lowestoft Town Council is delighted to be part of this new scheme which aims to help residents, visitors and businesses connect with each other.  This new technology will help us understand how people use the town so we can improve services as well as signposting residents and visitors to the many exciting events that Lowestoft has to offer.”

Danny Steel, Chairman of Lowestoft Vision, said: The Digital Towns programme is a great boost to Lowestoft business. Not only will shoppers and visitors to Lowestoft enjoy free connectivity, but we will also have the helpful information and marketing that can be used to support our high street. This is a great example of the local authority and business working together for the greater good.”

New technology will enable the council to understand the number of visitors to the town, the busiest periods, the average time people spend in the town centre and much more. This will enable the council’s Economic Development Team to provide tailored support for local businesses and provide data-based evidence to support other ongoing projects.

East Suffolk is working in partnership with an interactive walking app provider, Go Jauntly to develop outdoor adventures across all of East Suffolk’s principle 12 towns and villages. Three trails will be launching in Lowestoft at the same of the free-to-use Wi-Fi via the app.

East Suffolk Free Wi-Fi will is provisionally scheduled to be available in  Southwold, Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Aldeburgh, Leiston and Saxmundham by October 2022.

Further information is available at: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/business/digital-towns/

For more information please contact: economicdevelopment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

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