CHARMOUTH beach has recently joined the front line of digital connectivity in the form of free public wi-fi.
The newly-installed network now available at Charmouth beach provides free, seamless wi-fi connectivity over a significant area on both sides of the River Char.
Installation of the beach’s wi-fi service was funded as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio. The aim is to enhance digital connectivity along Dorset’s coast, thereby promoting and boosting the Dorset economy.
The Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and is coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum.
Dorset Coastal Connections project officer Nikki Parker-Goadsby said: “We are really pleased that Charmouth Beach is benefiting from the Digital Connectivity funding which aims to promote Charmouth Beach to visitors coming to the Dorset coast.
“We look forward to more coastal communities also receiving free public Wi-Fi as part of this project over the next year.”
Councillor Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for enabling, said: “It is fantastic news that free public wi-fi is now available to both residents and visitors to Charmouth Beach. It’s boosting Dorset digitally and is a great addition to a popular seaside family destination.”
The local Coastal Community Team commented: “We recognise the increasing importance of being connected in this digital world. Both residents and visitors can benefit from instant connection to the internet using the free Wi-Fi, whilst enjoying the Dorset Coast at Charmouth Beach.
“Not only does it cover the immediate area surrounding the Heritage Centre and beach huts but also extends along east beach on the other side of the river.”