Free WiFi Switched On In Cambridge

More than a year since free wifi was offered in Peterborough, today, Cambridge catches up.

The network starts today with more than 100 public buildings and open spaces are being transformed into free WiFi hotspots.

It's run by Connecting Cambridgeshire - a partnership of local councils which over the coming weeks will add to the places were free surfing will be available, including community centres, children's centres, sheltered housing, leisure facilities, libraries, Park and Ride sites, and council offices in Cambridge and surrounding areas.

The network will then be extended to other parts of the county soon.

Free Public WiFi in open spaces and streets around central Cambridge is also being extended to Jesus Green in partnership with the University of Cambridge through The Cloud to meet growing demand since the service was launched last year.

Council leader Lewis Herbert: 

"Cambridge is fast becoming a super connected city and needs to be to remain a national leader on innovative technology. Our partnership launch of Public Access WiFi enables people of all ages  - whether residents, students or visitors - to access the internet easily on the go.

It is also great to extend free Public Wifi to community centres and council buildings across Cambridge, including parts of the city gaining free WiFi for the first time. We would welcome further offers of support so we can expand free WiFi access even more."

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

"Our Super Connected Cities programme is transforming the digital landscape of Cambridge. By turning more than 100 public buildings into free WiFi hotspots we're helping to ensure the city is fully equipped to deal with the challenges of the digital age. Residents, tourists and businesses will all benefit from the programme which will provide another boost for the local economy."

Users only need to register once to use the free CambWifi network, while The Cloud may require a password entry.

Visit HERE to view a coverage map, list of locations going live and how to login via CambWifi or The Cloud.

Local businesses are now being encouraged to join-in to offer more of Cambridge and the surrounding areas free wifi for the public.