High-Fi for Dingwall – Free WiFi is rolled out across 14 Highland towns
DINGWALL now has access to free WiFi in and around the centre of the town thanks to a project led by the Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.
The free WiFi, called “High-Fi”, is aimed at stimulating economic growth and will increase digital inclusion across the Highlands. Easy access to digital connectivity is seen as essential if the Highlands region is to be innovative and keep its competitive place in the tourism market.
Allied to this, WiFi also offers the opportunity to gather data to support tourism and the creation of a wireless infrastructure in a town centre allows smart traffic management technology to be utilised.
High-Fi for Dingwall
The first phase was a Pilot in part of Inverness City Centre which was later rolled out to the wider city in early 2017 as Phase 2. The 3rd Phase will see the roll-out of the free WiFi to 14 towns in Highland.
Additional towns to receive High-Fi during phase 3 of the project will include Alness, Aviemore (live), Dornoch, Drumnadrochit (live), Fort Augustus (live), Fort William (live), Invergordon, Nairn (live), Portree, Tain, Thurso, Ullapool and Wick.
The rollout for all14 towns will be live by the late spring of 2018, and involves local communities, groups and business.
Chair of Resources Committee, Councillor Alister Mackinnon said:
“This project is fantastic news for Dingwall and I am sure it will be welcomed by everyone. Digital connectivity is essential these days for daily life and the free access to WiFi will enable visitors and locals to make the most of local businesses by checking what’s on, where to visit, opening hours, accommodation and prices, as well as job opportunities and keeping in touch with family and friends.”
Civic Leader, Councillor Margaret Paterson added: “High-Fi will be great for posting photos of the area on social media and helping to promote Dingwall, and all that Ross and Cromarty offers, to the wider world. I look forward to seeing lots of #DingwallHigh-Fi.”
The City-Region Deal sets out the areas where the Scottish Government will commit investment of up to £135m and the UK Government will commit investment of up to £53.1m, which, together with £127m of further investment by the Council and partners, will deliver a step change in digital connectivity, digital healthcare, skills, innovation and infrastructure.
UK Government minister Lord Duncan said:
“Digital connectivity isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. The roll out of free Wi-Fi will help locals and businesses as well as making it easier for tourists visiting picturesque locations such as Dingwall to share their experiences with people back home. I am pleased that the UK Government was able to directly support this essential project as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funding.”
How to use:
Turn on WiFi on your mobile phone or other device
• For High-Fi it shows the town name first e.g. DINGWALL_WiFi_Free (High-Fi)
• Log-on with either your social media details or by entering your email address
• Start enjoying the free WiFi!
• For Inverness WiFi go to your wifi settings and select NESS_WiFi_Free