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Feb 13 2014

Free Wifi Coming to Harrow from Arquiva

wifiAccording to an article on www.v3.co.uk, Harrow Council, along with Barnet, Haringey and Brent – have announced plans to roll out free wifi across the borough. The project, it says, will be led by Arquiva – who are already working with Camden, Wandsworth, Hounslow, Islington and Hammersmith.

The service will offer 30 minutes of free wifi per day, with charges for extra time ranging from £5 a day to £30 month for full access.

Leader Susan Hall is quoted as saying, “Harrow is increasing in importance both as a business hub and a shopping centre, and we need to be able to offer our visitors and employees the ability to stay in touch while on the move.”

The access devices will likely be installed on Council-owned street furniture (lamposts, etc).

You can read the full article here.

No word from Harrow Council yet on what the cost will be to fund this development.

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3 comments

  1. Praxis Reform

    This sounds like spectacularly poor value for money to me, but I guess that’s only to be expected from a party running the Council that supports a nincompoop MP, who claims £350/year for website expenses!

    In fact you don’t have to look past the first page of Google to see about a dozen companies offering broadband for around £13/month (including the line rental).

    Otherwise, if checking your email in the middle of the street is a concern, companies like EE & 3 offer contracts allowing unlimited data downloads for £10/month (although you’d need to buy a relatively modern cellphone to make that work).

    So, come on Harrow council, don’t you know there’s a recession on?

    And besides, prices of computer equipment and services are falling all the time… Just because the local MP squanders money like a drunken sailor, doesn’t mean the Council should be locking Harrow residents into over-priced long-term contracts.

  2. Susan Hall

    Residents and shoppers can use the Wifi for 30 mins free per day – this will help some who do not have access at all We are doing what we can to help businesses and residents but it would seem that sometimes even good news like this is criticisised.

  3. jp hobbs

    Wow can I tell the pensioners now , free wi fi and new slippers , they wont believe their luck , How about a decent pension to match the rest of the developed world . or is that asking too much ?

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