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Free WiFi comes to Dorchester Town Centre

Dorchester WiFi Launch 2018

7:14am 12th July 2018

Shoppers and visitors will now be able to use free WiFi in Dorchester town centre.

It's been funded by Dorchester Business Improvement District (BID), local councils and Brewery Square after research revealed that one in four people are more likely to stay in a town centre if there's free internet access.

The network covers Dorchester's main shopping streets, Brewery Square and Borough Gardens.

Dorchester BID Project Director Phil Gordon said: "We already know it's useful as during the pre-launch testing phase we have had more than 6,000 logins by over 2,000 unique users.

"You may be aware of the fact that if you have a mobile phone in Dorchester, there are quite a lot of places in town where you can't get a good signal.

"People are not having to eat into their monthly data bundles with the free service.

"People can now use the internet in town to discover all the shops, attractions and find their way to them easily using Google maps or other online products.

"It should really help with communications in town too, as we will be able to alert users to events taking place that they could otherwise miss."

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Dorchester Mayor David Taylor said: "In particular we were pleased to work with the team to extend coverage to the Borough Gardens to provide an extra service for the thousands who use the park either for our programme of one-off events or their daily routine."

Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “In our increasingly digital age people use and expect social media and internet access as they go about their daily lives. For the most forward looking locations, allowing people to get online is now an important part of the shopping and visitor experience.”

West Dorset District Council Portfolio Holder for Enabling Mary Penfold said: “We are delighted to have supported this project. I am sure it will not only benefit residents and visitors to the town, but also the businesses and encourage people to spend more time in the town centre.”

Charlotte Spracklen, Brewery Square Centre Manager, said: “Brewery Square have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Dorchester WiFi project with the Dorchester BID. It's a fantastic idea to bring free WiFi to residents and visitors when they are out and about shopping, eating and enjoying what Dorchester has to offer. We're looking forward to continuing to work alongside the BID on this exciting project.”

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