Sunday, August 18, 2019
The skye times mobile

Portree is one of the latest Highland towns to have free WiFi.

The WiFi can be accessed in the centre of the town, thanks to a project led by the Highland Council.  

Named “High-Fi”, the free Wi-Fi is aimed at stimulating economic growth and will increase digital inclusion across the Highlands. Easy access to digital connectivity is seen as essential if the Highland region is to be innovative and keep its competitive place in the tourism market.

Allied to this, WiFi also offers the opportunity to gather data to support tourism and the creation of a wireless infrastructure in a town centre allows smart traffic management technology to be utilised.

 

The roll-out for all 14 towns will be completed this summer, and involves local communities, groups and businesses.

Chair of the local Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee, Councillor John Gordon said: “This project is fantastic news for Portree and I am sure it will be welcomed by everyone who lives here, as well as our many thousands of visitors.

“Digital connectivity is essential these days for daily life and the free access to WiFi will enable visitors and locals to make the most of local businesses by checking what’s on, where to visit in the area, opening hours, accommodation and prices, as well as finding local job opportunities and keeping in touch with family and friends.

“High-Fi will be great for posting photos of our stunning scenery on social media and helping to promote Skye, and all this region offers, to the wider world. I look forward to seeing people using the hashtag #High-Fi-Skye.”

 

 

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