Region deal must deliver free WiFi in our towns

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I welcome the announcement that the City Centre Wi-Fi is to be extended to other parts of the City over the summer – this is a fantastic project, worthy of our support.

That said City Region Deal funding must support business development in our towns, as well as in the City and there can be no better way of achieving this, than investing in our growing tourism sector. Therefore I have written to the Highland Council to ask that the City Centre Wi-Fi project now be extended to Nairn and Aviemore as a matter of priority.

The contribution both towns make to our tourism economy cannot be underestimated. Nairn fast becoming a must-do golf tourism destination, with Aviemore already world renowned for its winter sports offering.  Both these local economies would benefit greatly from this digital investment now.

In the future, I would also like to see this project extend further to our other Highland tourist hotspots like Loch Ness and Fort Augustus. Whilst I appreciated the geography presents some challenges, these can be overcome and our main rural centres should not be ruled out from the project.

 

Details of Highland Council announcement here