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Funding shortfall stalls free Sheringham wi-fi zone

PUBLISHED: 12:33 05 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 06 March 2017

Jon Hayman, right, with PC Simple company director Clive Sanham, is setting up a wi-fi zone in Sheringham town centre. Picture: ARCHANT

Jon Hayman, right, with PC Simple company director Clive Sanham, is setting up a wi-fi zone in Sheringham town centre. Picture: ARCHANT

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A move to launch a free wi-fi zone in Sheringham has been delayed after the scheme failed to attract sufficient funds.

The project, which could cost up to £5,000, was due to go live across the town centre last month, but is now on hold due to the shortfall.

Not enough local business have come forward to support the roll-out, which was designed to turn the resort into an internet hot spot.

Now support is being sought from other fuding sources in a bid to meet the cost.

The initiative is being spearheaded by digital specialist Jon Hayman with support from Sheringham Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

Mr Hayman, who is business development manager at Sheringham based PC Simple, said: “A number of local businesses have agreed to sponsor the wi-fi, but not enough backers are coming forward and we are now seeking support from other funding sources.”

He added: “We are very disappointed by the delay, there has not been as much funding from local sources as we hoped and do not have a time frame for the wi-fi to go live.”

The connection aims to offer download speeds of 2Mbps, with Station Road, High Street and Promenade covered by zone. The roll-out could be extended to cover neighbouring Church Street and St Peter’s Road once up and running.

Users will be able to sign in via social media, with the platform promoting businesses and events in the town.

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