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January 8, 2009

Post Offices to become broadband hubs


by David Allen

A pilot project is being launched in Wales where two local Post Offices will be used as broadband hubs.

The local government has even put in £1,500 to cover the cost of the installations.

However, is this really going to make any difference to the local community?

Sure, if the hub is going to fan out over a wide area, like a mini Wi-Fi hotspot, then it will be very useful for households and businesses.

However, if this is just a means of getting people to visit the post office and check their emails at the same time, the idea won’t be a significant step forward in connecting people in rural areas to broadband, and is unlikely to help keep Post Offices open.

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