Freerunner announce 50 hotspot community give-away

by Ben Smith on 14th September 2009

Interesting news just in about the free WiFi project ‘Freerunner‘ who are aiming to put free WiFi ‘where people are’. In addition to the hotspots they’re already providing, they’re launching a fund to provide free internet access to 50 community locations around the UK for anyone to use:

A Freerunner access point yesterday providing some free WiFi access to a tomato plant.  Digital Britain... even the veg gets 2Mbps down.

A Freerunner access point yesterday providing some free WiFi access to a tomato plant. Digital Britain... even the veg gets 2Mbps down.

“People need Internet access to be able to function equally in today’s society, and that most basic right is not being given to them,” says Owen Geddes, CEO of Freerunner. “Freerunner can help rise to the challenge set out in the Digital Britain Report – we believe that it is now time for entrepreneurial commercial businesses to take the initiative and solve the problem. Our team is on stand-by to install an initial 50 hotspots across the UK no matter where they are, and are working to find commercial sponsors for more future locations.

Freerunner wants community members from across the country to apply; whether a librarian or the local vicar. Freerunner will install the hotspot allowing all community members to log-on to the network for free at any time. The successful applicants will be contacted by 1st October 2009 and listed on the Freerunner website.

Members of the community interested in receiving a free hotspot need to send 150 words explaining where and why they want the connection to connectmenow@freerunr.com. Or for those without access to email there is a free phone number to contact the team on – 0800 860 0815.

So if your community group or local area (in the UK) wants a free WiFi hotspot get e-mailing. They’re also looking for more commercial sponsors so if you’re a firm who could support this effort by funding future community hotspots get in touch!

Freerunner are also working to provide 500 UK charity locations free WiFi too – they’ll be making the offer to the 8000 registered charities listed at JustGiving.com hoping to find locations where the charity or its volunteers will benefit from internet access.

Perhaps Digital Britain is coming after all?

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