We had two years to install floodfill WiFi networks into 1,530 properties across 188 locations ...
Since our formation in 2012, our social mission as a social enterprise has been to help landlords bridge the digital divide.
We've become specialists at designing, installing and maintaining WiFi networks in communities across the country.
Community WiFi from Social Telecoms CIC is a powerful tool that promotes digital inclusion by providing internet access to those who may not otherwise have it due to economic or geographical constraints.
Here's how it fosters digital inclusion in social housing communities.
Access to the internet is increasingly necessary for participation in many aspects of modern society, including education, employment, and even social activities. However, there's a significant gap, known as the digital divide, between those who have easy, reliable internet access, and those who do not. By providing free or low-cost internet access, community WiFi projects help to reduce this digital divide in social housing communities.
Community WiFi networks can be much more affordable than individual home internet subscriptions, making them accessible to lower-income individuals and families. By eliminating or reducing the financial barriers to internet access, these networks help more people participate in the digital economy, from online shopping to digital banking and remote work.
With the rise of online learning, internet access is increasingly critical for education. Community WiFi allows students of all ages to access educational resources, complete homework, and even take online classes. This is particularly crucial in areas where schools may not have sufficient internet access, or for students who don't have reliable internet at home.
Telehealth and telemedicine services are becoming increasingly prevalent. Having access to the internet can allow people to make online appointments, access health resources, and even meet with healthcare professionals virtually.
Community WiFi networks often involve local residents in their planning, building, and maintenance, fostering a sense of community ownership and engagement. This can lead to increased digital literacy, as people learn not just how to use the internet, but also how it works.
With the access to information, resources, and online tools provided by community WiFi, individuals can learn new skills, start online businesses, or engage in other entrepreneurial activities. This can lead to local economic development and job creation.
In many rural or underserved areas, internet service providers may not offer service due to the high costs of infrastructure development. Community WiFi can fill this gap, providing vital connectivity for these communities.
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Community WiFi projects are not complicated and time-consuming for Social Telecoms. Here we explain the steps we take to develop WiFi connectivity projects for your communities.