FREE and reliable public internet access has gone live on Lyme Regis seafront ahead of the peak tourist season.
Publicly-accessible Wi-Fi is now available across the beach, promenade and seafront gardens.
Funded by Lyme Regis Town Council, the system has been provided by Devon-based company Clubwifi, the largest supplier of Wi-Fi systems to holiday parks and campsites in the West Country.
The council hopes the investment will provide better connectivity for residents and visitors, as well as attract more people to the town, promote the resort, and boost the local economy.
Cllr Richard Doney, vice-chairman of the council’s Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee, said: “The council is pleased to be able to offer free Wi-Fi to residents and visitors.
“Network coverage has, in the past, been poor in Lyme Regis, and although 3G and 4G are now widely available, the new Wi-Fi system will provide much more reliable connectivity and allow users to get online without using up their own data allowances.
“Free Wi-Fi is now almost an expectation, with many cafes, shops and restaurants providing access, including many establishments in Lyme Regis.
“Together with the new seafront Wi-Fi, residents and visitors can now expect to stay connected in many parts of the town.
“It is hoped this will generate great publicity for the town, with users being able to easily find out information about Lyme Regis, instantly sharing photographs of events and meals out, and accessing websites of local businesses.
“Having better connectivity is the first step in developing a dedicated Lyme Regis app, which the council hopes to be able to develop in the next few years.”
Users can expect to get good coverage on most of the Marine Parade, front beach and almost all of the Langmoor and Lister Gardens, but connectivity can extend further.
Other areas where coverage may be available include Theatre Square, the North Wall, and Gun Cliff Walk.
Reception will decrease inside buildings and download speeds have been limited to 1.5 to 2.0 megabytes to restrict uses such as HD video streaming, catch-up television, and illicit content, and to ensure connectivity is available to the widest possible audience.
Users will be asked to register with Clubwifi on first use, and registered devices will be automatically logged in when they are in range of the system.