COOKSTOWN has become the Wi-Fi Capital of Mid Ulster, with ‘on the go’ access to the internet within the town’s main retail core.
As the first town in Mid Ulster to provide accessible Wi-Fi service, it will enable shoppers to keep connected, business meetings to be enhanced and visitors to access tourist information when spending time in Cookstown.
The Council has a number of wireless access points located within Council facilities including the Council Offices, Cookstown Leisure Centre, Ballyronan Marina and The Burnavon, but the new network will extend the reach within Cookstown town centre.
Coverage will include Loy Street to Oldtown Street including James and William Street and the retail areas of Orritor Street, Burn Road, Fairhill Road, Molesworth Street and Coagh Street.
The town centre project funded by the Department for Social Development, allows any Wi-Fi enabled device to connect to the internet free of charge for a limited period of one hour, within the Wi-Fi network.
Access to the internet from Council Facilities is free of charge for a limited period of 30 minutes. Following usage of the free time limited period, the payment plan for further use within the town centre Wi-Fi network and selected Council facilities is a daily fee of £2, weekly fee of £8 or a 30 day fee of £15.
This new service provides excellent value to the user.
Councillor Tony Quinn, Chairman of Cookstown District Council and Cookstown Town Centre Forum welcomed the service to the town.
He said: “I’m thrilled to see Cookstown embracing its digital future in this way.
“This is an exciting project for Cookstown town centre as Wi-Fi offers many potential benefits and convenience to everyone, enabling local businesses and visitors to use the internet and download emails ‘on the move’.
“Clearly the web has had a massive effect on retail, but by using this to our advantage – and giving everyone the chance to use free Wi-Fi for a limited period – we can help drive footfall to Cookstown and encourage more growth in local enterprise, whether it’s through people stopping for a coffee while they check their emails or making use of internet offers from local retailers.
“Council are thankful to the Department for Social Development who have provided funding towards this scheme.”
To access the Wi-Fi service all you have to do is select the ‘Town Centre WiFi’ from the list of networks available.
You will then be asked to select which plan you want to use.
By selecting the free trial plan you will get free access for 1 hour within the town centre Wi-Fi network or free access for 30 minutes in selected Council facilities.
Alternatively you can register and select a daily, weekly or monthly payment plan which best suits your needs.
The Wi-Fi service endeavours to make Cookstown’s shopping experience more enjoyable for the people, who live, work and visit the district and assist in maintaining Cookstown’s status as the ‘Retail Capital of Mid Ulster’.