Plans are underway to extend public access WiFi to village halls and community buildings across Cambridgeshire to help people get online and make it easier to access public services.

The Connecting Cambridgeshire digital connectivity programme has secured partnership funding, which can be used to provide a number of free WiFi packages including installation and subscription fees through the existing CambWifi network.

Free CambWiFi is already available at more than 150 public buildings around the county, providing a secure, trusted network that is simple to join and used by growing numbers of people to get online.

CambsACRE has carried out a survey of village halls and community buildings to assess where free public access WiFi would help to support local communities, which is now closed.

Connecting Cambridgeshire has had a very positive response to the survey, with many village halls and community buildings expressing an interest in installing public access Wifi to support their activities.

We are in the process of transitioning to a new supplier and are awaiting detailed costings, which will allow us to identify how many venues we are able to fund within the budget.

Once the planning has been completed, we will notify all respondents to the survey, and inform those that have been successful of the next steps.

The programme is also supporting emerging masterplans and increase digital inclusion by expanding public access WiFi services in market towns, so more people can get online in public buildings and open spaces.