Lib Dems propose free wifi across Wolverhampton city centre
The Liberal Democrats are proposing a free wifi system in Wolverhampton city centre to allow shoppers to surf for free, if they're elected next month.
The proposal aims to encourage people to spend more time in the centre – and boost sales for businesses.
Adverts would help pay for the scheme and would help advertise local businesses, according to campaigners.
It comes ahead of the local elections next month, with campaigners vying for a seat on Wolverhampton council.
Liberal Democrat campaigner Leyla Abbes said: “The improved speed and accessibility of internet in the city centre will create a digital platform where businesses can increase awareness and engage with their customers.
"This again is another idea that shows that the Liberal Democrats are proposing things that will make a difference to residents in the city.
"At the moment people don't get enough back for their council tax, our plan will help people get something back."
The proposed system would have a welcome screen, allowing users to find shops, restaurants, attractions, events, offers and services in the town.
Currently the market has free wifi but the rest of the city centre does not.
Residents would be able to use the service for two hours free per day, with the option to pay for further use after this time – or look at an advert of a business in the city.
A content filtering system would be put in place to block access to any undesirable websites.
It follows ideas from the group, in their election manifesto, to tackle homelessness in the city and proposing the council adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-semitism.
Council leader Roger Lawrence said it was a mistake on his behalf that the council hadn't adopted the definition.
The councillor said it would be something for the next leader to consider, as he was stepping down after the local elections which take place on May 2.