Free Wi-Fi to be rolled out across Brent

Brent will be rolling out free Wifi in the borough in the next few weeks

Brent will be rolling out free Wifi in the borough in the next few weeks - Credit: Archant

A dot of the I and a cross of the T will see free Wi-Fi be rolled out in high streets across borough in the next few weeks.

Brent Council is close to signing up a deal with media services company Arqiva to provide 30 minutes free internet per day to users in Brent.

The scheme if part of the town hall’s mission to get every resident on the World Wide Web, especially those who are unable to afford to use the internet.

Arqiva would pay Brent an upfront lump sum for the use of the council’s lampposts and other assets to install the network, and would get a share of any income generated.

The council claims the scheme has not cost them a penny.

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The free Wi-Fi is planned for areas with a large footfall such as high streets, before being expanded to cover the whole borough over the following 12 months.

Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council’s lead member for customers and citizens, said: “In these tough economic times it is important to give people the access to services in the most affordable, cost effective way possible.”.”

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