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Cheshire West and Chester Council are to assist in the funding of a new, free public Wi-Fi network for Chester city centre, to be put in place from spring 2018.
The councils will enter a joint venture with the CH1ChesterBID company, which represents city centre businesses, to provide the service.
Brian Clarke, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester’s business improvement district, CH1ChesterBID, are working in partnership and seeking a new Wi-Fi partner to bring free public Wi-Fi to the city of Chester. This will benefit residents, businesses and international visitors to the historic city. This project is currently in the early planning and procurement stages with the intention of rolling this out in spring 2018.
“There was previously a public Wi-Fi network in Chester that was installed a number of years ago by an independent provider, however that has since ceased to be operational. Working in partnership, Cheshire West and Chester Council and CH1ChesterBID will jointly fund the Wi-Fi, supporting businesses by promoting the city and increasing visitor and resident time spent in the city. The Wi-Fi will enhance the visitor experience and enable new smart technology in Chester for the delivery of services. Free Wi-Fi will cover the city centre of Chester and also key access routes between Chester railway station and the city centre.”