Free-to-use public Wi-Fi has been launched in another two East Suffolk towns as part of a variety of digital projects for the district.
The East Suffolk Digital Towns programme has now been rolled out to Beccles and Halesworth, following previous launches in Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Southwold and Woodbridge.
East Suffolk Council is delivering a range of digital projects to support market towns and businesses by strengthening the local economy and improving connectivity.
The Digital Towns programme, initially piloted in Framlingham in 2019, will transform market towns through the installation of free public Wi-Fi, digital footfall counters and town marketing platforms, alongside a business support programme.
Supported by funding from the Getting Building Fund and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Innovative Projects fund, the new technology will be combined with bespoke business support, helping local businesses and towns to grow.
It will enable the Council to understand the number of visitors to towns, the busiest periods, the average time people spend in the town centre and much more – enabling the Economic Development team to provide tailored support for local businesses and provide data-based evidence to support other ongoing projects.
Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development, said:
“It’s great to this initiative being rolled out to another two towns; each now able to make use of free public Wi-Fi access and a whole package of digital benefits.
“We’re passionate about enabling our communities and local businesses to thrive with projects such as this.”
East Suffolk Council has also been working in partnership with an interactive walking app provider, Go Jauntly, to develop outdoor adventures across all of East Suffolk’s principal 12 towns and villages.
Following the latest launches, East Suffolk Free Wi-Fi is also scheduled to be available in, Bungay, Aldeburgh, Leiston and Saxmundham very soon.