The project, which forms part of the network’s commitment to the government, is to ensure that isolated communities are not left behind as the country moves forward with fibre optic connections.
Three, who work with Gradwell to provide the award-winning Gradwell Mobile service, has formed a working group with the Countryside Alliance and Race Online to get more people using the net.
The first community to benefit will the village of Gringley-on-the-Hill in North Nottinghamshire. Residents will receive 30 dongles and free data access on the Three network for 12 months. The network will also provide public WiFi hotspots in local pubs and community centres.
The group will then identify ten more rural communities which will get similar packages over the coming year.
Director of Corporate Affairs for Three, Hugh Davies, hopes the project will ” demonstrate that mobile needs to be a crucial part of the strategy to tackle notspots“. The project follows hot on the heels of calls for Ofcom to use the 4G auction to eradicate the notspots.
Without reliable access to the internet rural businesses get left being by those who can take advantage innovative and cost-saving services such as Business VoIP and new “mobile landline” services, such as Gradwell Mobile.
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