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Author Topic: Leeds UK Deploys FREE WiFi Trial to Social Housing Blocks  (Read 171 times)

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Leeds UK Deploys FREE WiFi Trial to Social Housing Blocks
« on: September 17, 2018, 11:36:39 AM »

https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2018/09/leeds-uk-deploys-free-wifi-trial-to-social-housing-blocks.html

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A new trial has begun that could eventually see thousands of social housing properties in multiple tower blocks across the city of Leeds (Yorkshire) being given “free” access to a bog standard 5Mbps broadband connection (after a small one-off fee is paid), which uses WiFi wireless technology.

Apparently it’s been estimated that around 25% of the 57,000 social housing residences in the city don’t have permanent access to the internet. In an effort to resolve that the city authority, under their 100% Digital Leeds programme, has since earlier this year been considering a project to deploy free WiFi connectivity alongside ISPs Comet Telcom and / or Internexus 6G.

After a bit of digging we discovered that the original April 2018 plan proposed to install communication masts within 17 tower blocks as part of an 18 month pilot project. Most of these would be delivered by Internexus 6G, while Comet was only directly name dropped for deployments to Clyde Court, Marlborough Towers and Holborn Towers.

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Internexus 6G’s Planned Deployment – Tower Blocks
* Clyde Grange
* Grayson Crest
* Crescent Towers
* Brignall Croft
* Parkway Grange
* Bancroft Grange
* Gledhow Towers
* Moor Grange Court
* Gamble Hill Croft
* Marsden Court
* Whincover Grange
* Cottingley Towers

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    Ian Montgomery, Leeds City Council’s Tenant Engagement Manager, said:

    “We know people suffer from a lower quality of life as a result of being unable to access the social, educational, financial, recreational and health benefits of being online.

    By connecting these flats to the internet and supporting people to learn how to use the technology, we are helping residents to find improved deals and save money, apply for jobs, manage finances and maintain contact with family and friends.

    It also helps the council to be more efficient, as residents are able to access online services to claim benefits, report issues and make payments.”
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