Plans to roll out free WiFi across Adur and Worthing could see ultrafast internet coming to our town centres next year.
The investment in gigabit ultrafast by Adur & Worthing Councils is the next stage to make the area one of the most digitally connected places in the south east.
The Councils are focussing on extending the creation of a publicly-owned high-speed network allowing people to connect on the go.
It will also support the development of computers safely connecting without human input – which could support businesses and the wider community bounce back from COVID-19.
Examples of how this could be used include digital parking and cycle spaces which signal to users when they are empty, smart bins sending a message to waste teams when they are nearly full and interactive public art, which responds to users when they pass by.
The next stage for Citizen WiFi will involve research and discussion with retailers, shoppers, visitors, freelancers, the digitally excluded and other user groups to ensure it meets all of their needs.
The whole project has been supported by contributions from West Sussex Business Rate Pool (£1.25 million) and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (£676,500). Further funding could come from sponsorship although the Councils agreed the network will remain free to use by all.
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