Let’s welcome Wi-Fi with open arms

A couple of years ago, to have a smart phone or a laptop would have been rare, but in 2012 the number of people accessing the internet remotely increases daily.

Our mobiles are increasingly becoming the most important object in our lives as we rely on them to keep up-todate with email, Twitter, Facebook, and of course what is going on local with the Mercury’s own website!

There is nothing worse than being in a signal blackspot and finding that none of it works – so well done to Matlock for striving to introduce just the opposite in wifi hotspots all over town.

The former Matlock Partnership secured a grant of £30k to install 30 routers in various spots all over the town.

Now Matlock Town Council is hoping to finish the job and to make Hall Leys Park a Wi-Fi area.

It is hoped it will attract more visitors and be useful for those of us who would like to sit outside at lunchtime but may want to be surfing the web.

There are still 20 of the routers going spare for any traders who want to join in and offer their customers free access to the internet. What’s not to like? Let’s make Matlock the wifi centre of the Dales and embrace the new social media generation.

Amanda Hatfield, editor