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Johnstone first for free wifi

Johnstone is the first town centre in Renfrewshire to get free, public wifi in outdoor locations.

Wifi can now be accessed in streets surrounding the Johnstone Town Hall, as far as Quarry Street, William Street, Church Street and the High Street.

It is also available in public buildings across Johnstone, including the town hall and community library, as well as in Houston Square.

The initiative is part of a £1 million project to bring free, public wifi to Johnstone, Paisley and Renfrew town centres.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson said: "Back in November, we made a commitment to the people of Johnstone that they would be the first community in Renfrewshire to get outdoors public wifi in their town centre.

"I'm delighted that we have delivered on this commitment and look forward to seeing Johnstone residents and visitors enjoying the benefits that free public wifi offers.

"Giving all members of the community equal access to the internet via free public wifi is an excellent way to tackle the problem of digital exclusion which can affect low income earners, older adults and people with disabilities.

"It also provides everyone with the same level of access to important information such as health advice and online education, as well as the ability to communicate instantly with others.

"Ultimately, the installation of free public wifi in the town centre will help Johnstone to become a better connected society."

The wifi was installed by service provider Boston Networks, paving the way for further expansion into multiple indoor and outdoor locations across Johnstone.

Chief Executive of Boston Networks Scott McEwan said: "We're delighted to deliver the first public wifi service to Johnstone town centre.

"Using the very latest wireless technology, our experienced engineers worked with Renfrewshire Council to enhance the user experience by offering seamless connectivity into even the most difficult to reach areas.

"This means visitors and residents can benefit from fast and free internet access across from the town centre."

Paisley and Renfrew are due to have free public wifi in outdoors locations across their town centres by Spring-2018.

Published 23 January 2018

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