Southwark Liberal Democrats want to create a digital borough by providing free wireless internet access (WiFi) in public areas for everybody to use.
Southwark is a central London borough attracting thousands of commuters and tourists. Whilst it is steeped in centuries of history, to compete in the 21st century Southwark must continue to be seen as being at the forefront of technology, and well-suited to the needs of those living and working here.
The Liberal Democrat group at Southwark Council will get free public WiFi up-and-running from late 2014, if we win control of the council in next May's local elections. Unfortunately the current Labour council has no plans to do install free public WiFi - though we will push them to do so.
We want to make free public WiFi available along Southwark's riverside, as well as in the borough's high streets and town centres. This includes Borough & Bankside, Bermondsey, Tower Bridge Road, Canada Water, Elephant & Castle, Walworth Road, Peckham High Street, Peckham Rye, Camberwell, Herne Hill and Dulwich Village.
The scheme would offer a minimum of one hour of free, easily accessible Wi-Fi to all residents and visitors. Beyond this, users would benefit from 24/7 access to online council services, or could choose to purchase more time. We would also seek sponsorship and advertising for the scheme, so the project would be at nil or very little cost to the council.