A new Community WiFi Scheme enabling village halls, community centres and other community hubs to connect to superfast broadband was launched recently at the RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference.

Set up by Superfast Essex and ECC's Community Initiatives Fund, the Community WiFi Scheme enables local communities to provide a public WiFi service via their community hub. 

A community hub is a community facility such as a village hall, community centre, parish hall or similar, run as a charity or on a not-for-profit basis that is available to use and hire in a particular area for community related recreational activities.

Community hub committees can apply to the Community Initiatives Fund for the set-up costs of a WiFi service as offered by the two operators under this scheme.  Up to £400 can be claimed per community hub.  Application forms for the Community WiFi Scheme can be found on the ECC website: http://www.essex.gov.uk/Business-Partners/Partners/Pages/Community-Initiatives-Fund.aspx or the Superfast Essex Broadband website: http://www.superfastessex.org/en-us/communitywifischeme.aspx.

Hall committees can buy a broadband service from APC Solutions or County Broadband who are approved suppliers under the Scheme.

RCCE was delighted the Scheme was launched at the Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference.  As a member of the Community Engagement Team with Superfast Essex, RCCE has helped to develop this Scheme.

Community WiFi scheme brochure Oct 2016.pdf