Published: 12/06/2018 07:00 - Updated: 08/06/2018 11:24

Free wi-fi is good signal for Dingwall

Written byHector MacKenzie

Councillor Alister Mackinnon.DINGWALL has become the latest Highland town to offer free wi-fi around its central hub.

It follows the rollout of a Highland Council scheme financed with City Deal cash.

The scheme aims to stimulate economic growth and increase digital inclusion.

The first phase was a pilot in part of Inverness City Centre later rolled out to the wider city. The third phase will see the roll-out by late spring to 14 towns including Alness, Invergordon, Tain and Ullapool.

Chairman of the resources committee, Councillor Alister Mackinnon (Dingwall and Seaforth), said it was "fantastic news" for the town.

He said: "Digital connectivity is essential these days for daily life and the free access to wi-fi will enable visitors and locals to make the most of local businesses by checking what’s on, where to visit, open-ing hours, accommodation and prices, as well as job opportunities and keeping in touch with family and friends."

Civic leader Margaret Paterson said the scheme will help people post photos of the area on social media and this "promote Dingwall, and all that Ross and Cromarty offers, to the wider world".

The cash comes from the City-Region Deal which promises a step change in digital connectivity, digital healthcare, skills, innovation and infrastructure.

UK government minister Lord Duncan said: "Digital connectivity isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. The roll out of free wi-fi will help locals and businesses as well as making it easier for tourists visiting picturesque locations to share their experiences with people back home."

How to use the new free wi-fi:

Turn on wi-fi on your mobile phone or other device

For high-fi, it shows the town name first eg. DINGWALL_WiFi_Free (High-Fi).

Log on with either your social media details or by entering your email address.

Start enjoying the free wi-fi.

For Inverness wi-fi go to your wi-fi settings and select NESS_WiFi_Free.

Have you tried using the system? What difference do you think it will make? Email

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