The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has outlined its upcoming plans for the Urban Broadband Fund, bringing new Wi-Fi hotspots to UK cities.
A CCTV camera or street lamp could become a new Wi-Fi hotspot as part of the £150 million DCMS Urban Broadband Fund plan, which will introduce hotspots to so-called “street furniture”.
As part of the Super-Connected Cities programme, the DCMS Urban Broadband Fund is earmarked for creating UK cities that offer 80Mbps or faster internet connections.
The DCMS policy paper outlines the cities where officials should invest in setting up these public Wi-Fi hotspots on street furniture, which could include CCTV camera, lampposts, traffic lights or even benches.
This Wireless Concession Contract plan would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to install Wi-Fi hotspots on these street items, which would in turn let them collect “fees and revenues”.