Almost half of the 8.7 million people in the UK who have never been online, live in social housing.
Wales and West Housing (WWH) responded to the Government's challenge of getting 90% of the UK online and 'digitally capable' by 2020, by committing to deliver Wi-Fi to it's residents, staff and visitors.
They found a way to do it without any IT staff onsite too.
The British government has set out a Digital Inclusion Strategy that aims to get 90% of the UK online and digitally capable by 2020. It’s estimated that over 4 million of the 8.7 million adults who have never been online in the UK live in social housing. “The strategy is very pertinent for us,” said Richard Troote, Head of ICT at WWH. “Almost half of our residents don’t have access to the Internet”. The government has partnered with various bodies including Go ON UK, a charity enabling digital skills in the UK, to help organisations such as housing associations to get their residents online. WWH is rising to the challenge of digital inclusion by committing to provide its residents, guests and staff with Internet access.