Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the development of Glasgow’s urban Wi-Fi network, which enables the local community, regardless of age or background to enjoy free Wi-Fi thanks to a partnership between Glasgow City Council, BT, and Glasgow Life.
Ms McTaggart lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament recognising that the network provides free Wi-Fi access to everyone on a drop-in basis. Venues will be advertising where internet access is available and staff will also be on hand to help people browse the web. It will allow people to stay in touch with family and friends on the go, as it will provide free 24 hour access to Wi-Fi. This will last the duration of the contact which is a minimum of 8 years.
Ms McTaggart said “This is a fantastic project which I was pleased to be able to bring to the attention of my fellow MSPs. It will provide training and support to those that are currently not engaged with digital technology. Additionally, Council Family partners, City Building will provide a range of digital hardware, so people who do not have devices that can connect to the web, can still make use of this service.
It will also help overcome the digital exclusion that many individuals may face, by providing training and support, that will remove the barriers that stop them from accessing vital information and services. This program provides the opportunity to get connected, which will, no doubt benefit the people of Glasgow and build a better future for them. It provides an outstanding example of businesses working with the council to enrich the lives of the people of Glasgow and I would like to congratulate all the parties involved in making this a reality.”
Glasgow Life aims to inspire Glasgow’s citizens and visitors to lead richer and more active lives through culture, sport and learning.
City Building is one of Scotland’s largest construction companies, employing over 2,200 skilled employees. City Building’s unique social ethos of ‘building a sustainable future’ underpins their drive to deliver excellence and to create training and employment opportunities for a diverse range of people, including minority and other under-represented groups.
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries.
Motion S4M-11776: Anne McTaggart, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014
Free Wi-Fi to Community Facilities in Glasgow
That the Parliament welcomes the development of Glasgow’s urban Wi-Fi network, which will be rolled out across the city, community facilities and public halls; understands that these facilities will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi access thanks to a partnership between Glasgow City Council, BT and Glasgow Life and that the free Wi-Fi is open for everyone to use on a drop-in basis, with venues identifying areas where users can browse the net; recognises that this is an opportunity for people not engaged in digital technology as training and support on how to get connected will be provided; believes that this will benefit many people in Glasgow, and wishes the partnership every success in the future.