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We all know those pubs and other places proudly without WiFi so people can reconnect with the lost art of conversation and each other. That's a good thing in some ways, enjoying a pint without muppets keep checking their phone, snapchatting or looking for Pokemons (now don't get me on that one...).
In a general sense though, getting everyone access to the internet, particularly for our customers in socialhousing, is as essential as making sure we connect them to water, sewage, electricity & gas supply. We need to design connection to broadband into our new builds. A connected neighbourhood can be a happier and more prosperous one. Or at least one possibly making similar savings to everyone else.
There are several ways of doing that too. I have mentioned many in my blogs here, including services provided per block/scheme or secure wifi. Secured rather than public being the key to better outcomes. While changing wifi passwords might be irritating, they do prevent some other issues. Getting more free wifi in town & urban centres can increase footfall, although brings a different raft of issues.
I have read many newspaper articles about how restricting wifi, constantly changing passwords in public places, has reduced anti-social behaviour. See some examples here:
Even though the 'yout' of today pretty much have a data package on their Smartphone's, often its only 1GB or less per month. Without wifi, that allowance might be gone pretty soon.
Another recent London Evening Standard article, suggested parents should switch off (or control) wifi late evening to restrict how often they go online. See http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/teachers-call-for-parents-to-turn-off-the-wi-fi-9261228.html
Regular changes of wifi password at home can have its own benefits. A change as soon as the kids have (officially) gone to bed, might be just what you need and will get some of those chores done quicker, particularly as wifi is about as important to them, as the air that we breathe these days.
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