Free public Wi-Fi now covers Loughborough town centre

The Leicestershire town of Loughborough has set up a free public WiFi system now, available across the town centre that will benefit visitors and shoppers greatly. The Leicestershire County Council and Love Loughborough Business Improvement District (BID) teamed up together to set-up the Wi-Fi service. The £20,000 project has provided people with access to the internet on their laptops and mobile devices, while in the town’s main shopping areas, covering pedestrians across Swan Street, Cattle Market, Market Place and Market Street.

Love Loughborough and County Hall have shared the cost of the scheme’s first phase equally. Businesses will be asked in October to vote on the renewal of the BID’s five-year term. If they vote favourably, the whole of the town’s shopping areas will be getting the public Wi-Fi service. The Love Loughborough BID was formed in February of 2012, as an organisation to promote the town centre. The first BID term ends in January of 20167. It represents 600 businesses, covering all sectors and who pay an annual levy to fund improvements. The delivery and management of the scheme is overseen by a Board of Directors formed out of the BID businesses.

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