Fingal County Council moving to next phase of delivering free outdoor public WiFi to towns and villagesPadraig Conlon 27 Aug 2020
Fingal County Council is moving onto the next phase of delivering free outdoor public Wi-Fi to towns and villages across the County over the coming months.
A total of 48 hotspots will be installed across 13 locations throughout Fingal and preparatory work will take a major step forward this week.
Fingal County Council staff, as well as representatives from Fingal Dublin Chamber and Magnet Networks, will begin visiting local businesses this week with a view to identifying suitable access points in order to enable the public Wi-Fi service.
The access points need to be mounted on the outside of each premises and has a range of 150m outside but will not extend inside the business premises or interfere with the businesses own broadband.
The schedule of visits is:
Thursday, September 3: Skerries from 10am to 11 and Rush 11am to 12noon.
Friday, September 4: Howth – 10am to 11am and Portmarnock – 11am to 12noon.
Monday, September 7: Blanchardstown Village – 10am to 11am and Blanchardstown Town Centre – 11am to 12noon.
The team will then move onto the remaining areas of Lusk, Donabate, Santry, Castleknock and Clonsilla.
The initiative is supported by the WIFI4EU voucher scheme which aims to provide high-quality internet access across the EU to citizens and visitors via free of charge WiFi hotspots in public spaces such as town and village centres, parks and civic spaces.
Magnet Networks has been awarded the contract to install the access points in Fingal.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr David Healy said:
“The introduction of this service will strengthen Fingal’s reputation as a forward thinking and digitally inclusive urban and rural landscape, which strongly promotes access to on-line services and information across the County.
“I would encourage local businesses to support this initiative as free public wi-fi will have major benefits for our towns and villages.”
Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said:
“Fingal County Council is committed to developing and improving the County’s digital infrastructure and services.
“Access to free public Wi-Fi in our major town centres and villages will be a major asset to our residents, visitors, and businesses.
“The provision of free public Wi-Fi forms part of the Council’s Digital Strategy and I am pleased to see that we are moving onto the next phase of rolling out this service.”
For further information contact Fingal County Council’s Digital Strategy Manager, Aishling Hyland via email at Aishling.firstname.lastname@example.org or Fingal Chamber’s Membership Manager, Shay Burke at 01 890 0977.