A Rant: Wi-Fi

9 Jul

A few weeks ago, Cllr. Kate Butler sent us a tweet asking about where she could get free Wi-Fi in Reddish. Having had a think about it, I came back with nothing. Nada. Zilch. There’s a Cloud point in Houldsworth Square which is great if you have Sky Broadband or get your mobile from Phones4U. If you don’t though, then you have to pay for it. Not exactly what people are looking for when they think of ‘free’.

So, as I sit here in Starbucks, utilising their free Wi-Fi, writing this article, I can’t seem to understand why there aren’t any businesses that provide it locally. I’d have thought that in the centre, Sykes or Johnny’s Dinner would be ideal. Even the pubs would be better than the current ‘none’. Also as a way to keep people shopping locally, something that I’ll be writing about shortly, it’s of vital importance.

One of the things that we’ve noticed with this website, is the demand for a printed version, it’s something we’re working on trust me. However, the costs involved are substantial and, in reality, we shouldn’t HAVE to do a printed version. The city over we are working on improving digital connectivity and it’s something that we’re all passionate about but something that Reddish seems to do badly. Why?

Young professionals (and I’m still young at 35) want places to sit, eat, drink and work but require the space and the tools to do so. If that isn’t provided then they go elsewhere and that hurts the local economy.  The same person who goes to Sykes for a coffee and a sandwich whilst doing their work, is the same person that calls in on the way home at Price Less (or is it Priceless, I’ve never been able to work that out) or Tittertons or Hobsons. This is the very same reason why it’s so important to support the local community centre and library. We’ve already lost the swimming pool, don’t let them be next.

In 2012, asking for a high quality local business to provide me with a coffee, pannini and wifi isn’t too much to ask, is it?

What do you think?

by Jez Myers

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7 Responses to “A Rant: Wi-Fi”

  1. Paul Graves (@cyteen02) July 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I totally agree. Sykes had WiFi when they first opened, but I understand they struggled to make it cost effective, with prices for business WiFi rather more than for normal “home” WiFi (happy to be corrected here if I’ve got the wrong end of the stick)

    There were also hopes that Morrisons would respond to Tescos trialing of WiFi last year (see http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bdc3b174-b435-11e0-9eb8-00144feabdc0.html)

    In the meantime, I can’t think of anywhere. Is there a cafe around Holdsworth Square where I can pick up the Cloud point? I guess I could always sit on the benches enjoying our wonderful summer.

    To get an excellent, free, communal workspace I travel to Salford http://salfordjelly.wordpress.com/ Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could work locally in Reddish instead.

    • reddishnews July 18, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      I think, but again, don’t quote me on this, that the cost is all dependent on the number of users at any one time. ie, a 40MB home connection could easily be shared between the maximum 5/6 users at a local cafe. Of course, if more than that number were sharing it at any one time then you could have a very strong business case for using a dedicated business line.

      Morrisons having a wi-fi point would be good but i’m not sure that trying to do your work whilst people are shopping around you is necessarily the best way of doing so.

      As for the cloud point, it’s really a case of sitting on the benches in the Square. Far from ideal as the signal doesn’t stretch far enough to be picked up in johnny’s.

      Jez

  2. OctoberCreative July 14, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Yes, I agree, free Wi-Fi would boost the local economy. As you are more likely to pop in to a local shop when you’re already in the local area.

    So how about the cafe at Broadstone Mill, or the cafe at the Kingfisher Gym, it would be brilliant if they had it at Anchors Away, and what would be lovelier than to finish of your computer project in the beautiful setting of Reddish Vale County Park.

    • reddishnews July 18, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      You make an excellent point about popping into a local shop when you’re already in the local area, I’m working on a piece about it (going out tomorrow) which talks about that exact thing. There certainly seems to be a lack of communication between businesses, not all of them of course, whereby they see themselves as a single entity and don’t realise that when the greengrocers vanished (and then re-appeared and promptly vanished again), it had a knock on effect of people then going to the butchers or the bakers of the pound shop.

      There are some great potential localtions for free wiifi, the ones I mentioned were purely down to their proximity to Houldsworth Square more than anything else. Broadstone Mill cafe, a really nice venue, would be ideal and I love the idea of being able to go on wi-fi whilst your child plays at Anchors Away or walking your dog at Reddish Vale.

      Jez

  3. chris August 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    The houldsworth arms has free wi fi.

  4. chris August 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    The Houldsworth Arms has free WI Fi. They do serve tea and coffe if required and there are lots of quiet areas in there during the day.

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