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Town Centre's Wi-Fi Service Turned Off

Tuesday October 14 2014

BARNSLEY town centre's free wi-fi network has been turned off - but the council says it hopes to offer the service again when the market is redeveloped.

Coun Roy Miller said the outdoor service had been offered for two years as a trial while the council’s partner in the venture, AWTG, tested and developed new technology.

He added: "This concluded in August and we're now looking at how outdoor wi-fi will be provided as part of the exciting high-speed broadband plans and the town centre regeneration projects.

"We’ll keep people updated on this."

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Reply Posted by Tim on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 11:32
A great idea I'm all in favour of this but how about encouraging retailers into the town centre which in turn will encourage more consumers

Reply Posted by sally on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 11:55
Tim?? What do you think they're doing?? They're spending loads on the centre! I just hope it all works out and we can get bustling Barnsley back. X

Reply Posted by Jim on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 12:09
All council Town centre car parking should be free of charge...only then will barnsley have shoppers with more than a giro in there pocket...

Reply Posted by Neale on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 12:22
Just like rest of council - It never worked anyway

Reply Posted by Lee on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 12:51
I think the need for internet coverage is an essential part of the regeneration project. 4G is not available on some mobile networks in the town centre and the issue needs tackling. If shoppers are able to spred awareness of developments and businesses via social media it will create an awareness of the town centre and draw in more people. I feel businesses should also be urged to promote themselves more. Barnsley college and Barnsley University campus should also be liasing with the alhambra to create promotions and student events along with the rest of the town centre retailers.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday October 17 2014 at 08:50
4G is the benchmark and guess what...
Only "selected" areas have it, go into any major city and you will get 4G...

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 15:50
jim £1.60 is hardly going to bankrupt people

Reply Posted by Alice on Thursday October 16 2014 at 12:41
What is the point of outdoor wi-fi when all wi-fi capable phones are also 3G or 4G capable and can access the internet at a decent speed in town anyway? This system never worked when I tried to use it, while my 3G signal in town is good.

The publicity materials showed someone sitting on a bench in the town centre using a laptop. Who wants to do work on a bench? Most cafés and indoor spaces have their own wi-fi - this seemed like a solution in search of a problem.

Reply Posted by Bill Gates on Friday October 17 2014 at 07:02
Wifi is free and high band with while most people don't have 4g and 3G is pants and usually cost if not part of you data bundle. The free wifi in the town was poorly promoted and a pain to get on it. It could have been a lot easier!!
Free wifi is essential for everyone for a successful town centre whether it's for Chinese tourists using it to follow virtual yours of the town, a shopper price checking items or researching something, using your paypal to pay for something, getting that last second bit in on eBay or say in the boozer checking Facebook.
I think it's sad loss but it was badly promoted / run.
This wifi also ran right down to wickes and around hospital as well as town centre.

Reply Posted by hi on Friday October 17 2014 at 09:09
If they do bring it back. They need to make it so you don't have to sign in every single time you want to use it

Reply Posted by Lisa on Friday October 17 2014 at 10:29
Sick of seeing this mans face!