FREE Wi-Fi in Boscombe is being extended across the area. 

The ‘Smart Place’ programme by BCP Council was rolled out last September and only covered the seafront. 

But now the network has been extended to Boscombe Crescent, Churchill Gardens, Kings Park and AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. 

Signage has been installed at the various WiFi hotspots around the area, providing an easy-to-scan QR code that will connect users directly. 

Funded by the government’s Towns Fund programme, the extension is not funded by the money saved by not regenerating the Royal Arcade, the council confirmed. 

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Deputy council leader Millie Earl said: “It is fantastic to see the free Wi-Fi service extended further to such popular local locations. 

“With so much of our everyday lives being reliant on online information, it is incredibly important that we continue to tackle the digital divide and ensure our residents can safely access and research what’s available in their area and where they can get support if needed.” 

The network previously helped 20 businesses connect during last year's air festival when they encountered limited local 4G and 5G coverage due to high demand. 

Since the air festival, the service has attracted more than 14,000 further users, including those who have limited access to the internet. 

Users can select ‘BCP Council Smart Place free Wi-Fi’ on their device to gain a secure internet connection.