Taunton Deane goes Friendly WiFi

People in three key towns in Taunton Deane can now enjoy open and unlimited Wi-Fi thanks to a Taunton Deane Borough Council initiative. ​ The authority has spent the last few months working with one of the country’s leading experts, Pinacl, to get Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe, digitally connected.

Residents and visitors will be able to use the new Wi-Fi 24 hours a day, seven days a week via their social media accounts. There is no charge or subscription fee. Those without social media will need to sign up initially with the system recognising them on their return.

The open Wi-Fi will also keep people informed of events and activites talking place and is a boost for businesses in the Borough helping them to market their services as people arrive in the three towns.

Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader of the Council and executive member for business development said: I am delighted that open public Wi-Fi is now live. It will undoubtedly add to the attractiveness of these three towns for businesses, visitors and residents.

“We already enjoy great connectivity with superfast broadband access being rolled out across most of the Borough. Open public Wi-Fi is a worthwhile investment that means Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe will be joining the growing list of Smart Places in Britain. This will be of great benefit to shoppers, visitors and traders alike.”

Mark Lowe, Strategic Director for Pinacl, said: “We are delighted that our Wi-Fi solution is now live across Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe. We know that free and easy to use Wi-Fi is widely being acknowledged as a key enabler for smart places and have no doubt that this Wi-Fi service will greatly support Council initiatives whilst enhancing the provision of services for visitors and residents alike. It has been a pleasure working with Taunton Deane Council and we look forward to continuing our partnership over the coming years.”

The Council has been working with Friendly WiFi to make sure the system in place is safe for users: Beverley Smith of Friendly WiFi said “The Friendly WiFi symbol is designed to help children, young people and adults navigate their way through the high street and when they are making choices on days out and holidays, giving the option to use a 'Friendly WiFi' approved service to ensure that the public Wi-Fi that they are accessing is filtered and safe.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Taunton Deane Borough Council who have been focused on achieving the Friendly WiFi accreditation for their new pu