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New Free Public WiFi Network Goes Live in Peterborough City UK

Friday, Nov 11th, 2022 (10:14 am) - Score 504
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The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) has today announced that they’ve launched a free public WiFi network across the Peterborough city centre streets and open spaces to support local businesses, keep residents connected and allow shoppers and visitors to make the most of the area.

The local Connecting Cambridgeshire project has been working to improve public WiFi across the county since 2018, as part of its Digital Strategy (here), and the city is the latest to benefit. The new wireless broadband network can be found across various parts of the city centre, such as Bridge Street, Broadway, Cathedral Square, Long Causeway and Westgate.

The network is also widely available in public buildings, libraries and leisure centres across the county, plus a growing number of Cambridgeshire market town centres, open spaces, park & ride sites and village halls, so that more people can get online for free.


Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of the CPCA, said:

“A key goal for the Combined Authority is to make life better all across our county, fostering community-centred growth that is beneficial and can be relied on into the future.

In funding the CambWifi rollout through the streets and open spaces of Peterborough’s city centre, we’re helping Peterborough shout the message that it’s open for business. We’re helping local traders to plug into today’s technology and sharing a huge social benefit that contributes to a better-connected community with more engagement between residents, visitors, and local traders.

It also gives more freedom to the people of Peterborough, offering access to the internet without cost while out and about. It’s something for everyone, whether using it for business or social reasons. And it’s especially advantageous for people in Peterborough who don’t yet have internet at home.”

Locals who want to give it a try can simply connect to the ‘CambWifi_Public‘ SSID via your device’s WiFi settings, then accept the Terms, click ‘Log In’ and start browsing. Users will then be connected automatically to free internet access in all CambWifi locations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, assuming they’re using the same device.

But these days, most people tend to prefer to use mobile broadband on their own Smartphones than public WiFi.

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By Mark Jackson
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1 Response
  1. Avatar photo Ad47uk says:

    I wonder what info people need to give away to connect to it?
    We have free Wi-Fi here in the centre of town, I tried to use it once, but the amount of info they need is stupid, so I never went ahead with registration, not that it matters much as I don’t go into our city centre that often anyway. I do know they use the Wi-Fi of mobile phones even if people are not connected to it to count how many people are in the city centre.

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