Plans to roll out free public wifi in Longford hit snag

Jessica Thompson

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Moves to roll out free public wifi across Longford town have hit a stumbling block.

Plans to install free wifi in Longford town have hit a brick wall.

A meeting of Longford Municipal District last week heard that the suppliers who initially presented the plan have come back looking to be paid for the service, according to Head of Finance John McKeon.

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“I don't think it's worth being held to ransom like that,” he said, addressing the MD members.

“You’re right,” Cllr Mae Sexton agreed.

“That was not the presentation we were given. This free wifi was to be all things to everybody. It was to be installed before Christmas with a view to down the line probably a charge.

“But there was absolutely no charge mentioned. Because we did ask specifically so I totally agree with our manager that we shouldn’t be held to ransom by anybody.”

In response, Cathaoirleach of Longford MD Cllr Seamus Butler suggested the council explore other avenues and that the issue of free wifi be put on the agenda for the next meeting.