Orbit customers are to benefit from free Wi-Fi as part of a new digital inclusion project.
The 38-000 home housing association will be providing internet access through Wi-Fi in 20 of their sheltered and supported schemes. It is estimated that over 650 customers will be able to access the internet free of charge.
Orbit is working with CommunityUK.net (CUK) to install the high-quality Wi-Fi networks and they will continue to manage the broadband service when the connection goes live this month.
The project will not only look at how Orbit can be digitally inclusive but will also help the organisation find cost-effective ways of providing internet access to customers at the lowest cost. This initiative is the first of a range of planned projects to help Orbit customers get online.
Tim Dumbleton, digital inclusion manager at Orbit, said: “We are really pleased to be able to take this project forward and help many residents access the wealth of opportunities the internet offers. Getting online is becoming more and more important to everyone’s lives and is central to Orbit’s plans for supporting our communities.”
Peter Reed-Forrester from CUK said: “Orbit is leading the way with this great initiative and CommunityUK are very pleased to be a main partner in it. As another in a rapidly growing number of such projects CUK are involved in across the country, we are proud that we are delivering not just free internet connectivity but real digital inclusion and social value to Orbit’s customers and users.”