Free Wifi for Buxton dream moves a step closer to reality

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Free Wifi for Buxton looks to be moving a step closer, thanks to Vision Buxton.

The organisation has paid £1,200 for a survey to establish the infrastructure required and running costs for free town Wifi, to be rolled out across Buxton.

A spokesperson for Vision Buxton said: “It is likely that an initial phase of free wifi would be created in The Springs Shopping Centre and Spring Gardens, which would then be extended to reach from Fiveways up to the Dome, and out to cover most of the Pavilion Gardens.

“As the topography of Buxton presents challenges to a 3G signal and doubt as to ever getting 4G, town Wifi would potentially be of huge benefit to the town.

“Local retailers would be able to take advantage of the opportunity to send notifications to shoppers of offers, as well as visitors accessing information about local services and events and apps.

“The next stage is to look at funding sources and also who will manage the Wifi project.”

A working party set up by Vision Buxton, and being led by Philip Barton, is now working on this.

A free Wifi service is seen as vital to make Buxton a 21st Century tourist town.

As well as giving the public free access to the internet, a dedicated town Wifi would also be used to transmit up-to-date information and special offers via users’ phones and tablets, as well as gathering useful marketing information.

To find out more about the work of Vision Buxton, see their website at www.visionbuxton.co.uk.