Free Wi-Fi for local communitiesCompany will install 50 hotspots across the UK

11 September 2009

A woman using a wireless laptop at Starbucks

Many branches of Starbucks have Wi-Fi hotspots

Community members such as vicars and librarians are being encouraged to apply for free Wi-Fi access.

Freerunner, a free public Wi-Fi network, has launched a fund to invest in free Wi-Fi hotspots to serve communities in deprived or remote areas. The company says it will provide 50 free to use hotspots in communities across the UK.

‘People need internet access to be able to function equally in today’s society, and that most basic right is not being given to them,’ said Owen Geddes, CEO of Freerunner. 

‘Our team is on stand-by to install an initial 50 hotspots across the UK no matter where they are, and are working to find commercial sponsors for more future locations,’ he added. 

Wireless access for charities

Freerunner is also working with the online charity fundraiser, to give 500 UK charity locations free Wi-Fi. JustGiving has close to 8,000 charity members in the UK, who will be invited to take advantage of the offer.

Zarine Kharas, JustGiving's CEO, said ‘We are aiming to help bridge the digital divide for the smallest charities and enable them to do more online.’

Applying for a free hotspot for your community

To apply for a free hotspot for your community send email 150 words explaining where and why you want the connection to Those without internet access can call 0800 860 0815.

The closing date for applications is 25 September 2009. Winners will be contacted by October 1 and listed on the Freerunner website.

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