Free Wi-Fi for town centre goes live

To mark the end of O2’s Digital Communities project and the closing of the
Hardshaw Centre’s Digital Hub, O2 and St Helens Council are pleased to
announce an early Christmas present for the borough – a free Wi-Fi hotspot has been installed in the town centre!

Digital Communities has been all about showcasing the benefits of
technology, and what a difference the Internet can make to people’s lives –
whether it’s access to vital news, staying in touch via social media or
simply watching a cute cat video to brighten a wintry day. This O2 Wi-Fi
hotspot will offer fast, free Internet access for everyone, and it’s
available to use along the whole of Church Street and across Church Square.

There are no passwords or PINs to remember – once you’re registered for O2 Wi-Fi you’ll be able to connect seamlessly on whatever device you have to hand. So if you fancy surfing the web for Christmas gift ideas or want to check your friends’ latest festive selfies on Facebook, there’s no need to eat into your data allowance or wait until you get home. You’ll be able to use this hotspot while you’re out and about, completely free of charge.

Council Leader, Barrie Grunewald said: “In an increasingly digital age,
many people use – and have come to expect – social media and internet
access on the go, so I’m glad we’re now able to meet that expectation for
anyone coming into the town centre.

“This is a big win for St Helens, and underlines the great strides we’re
making towards reinvigorating the town centre, with the opening of big
brand stores including H&M, Fat Face and USC, the developments at West Point and our recent appointment of a town centre manager. In their time here, O2 has helped to demonstrate our ambition to create a modern and connected St Helens.”

The council has also thanked management at Claire’s Accessories on Church Street, who facilitated the installation of the Wi-Fi box.