Newport public WiFi gets official stamp of approval for being ‘family friendly’

Mark Lowe, Strategic Director at Pinacl & Jo Evans Digital Project Officer

at Newport City Council

Newport City Council’s free public WiFi has been awarded a government-recognised certification that proves its network is safe for children and young people, it was announced today (June 27, 2017).

Public WiFi has been available across Council buildings since 2015 and around the City Centre since 2016 to around 6,000 users each month – with 500 new or repeat users every day.

Newport’s WiFi networks are provided by Pinacl, a North Wales based ICT Systems Integrator, which has facilitated both its in-building network - Newport Community Cloud - as well as the concession-based network across the City Centre.

Both networks were built with the minimum safe filtering standards in place and this new certification by Friendly WiFi, which is the only scheme of its kind in the world, has now given the official stamp of approval – and parents peace of mind.

Venues displaying the Friendly WiFi symbol have WiFi filters which deny access to webpages known by the In