Cardiff street furniture plays key role in super-connected city plan
Cardiff's plans to become a 'super-connected city' could see wireless broadband hotspots installed on bus stops, CCTV poles and streetlights.
The Welsh capital is one of ten cities set to benefit from the government initiative, along with Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle.
Councillors will discover on Thursday (September 20th 2012) if Cardiff has secured the maximum possible funding amount - £12 million - to spend on rolling out universal ultra-fast broadband and large areas of public Wi-Fi connectivity, reports WalesOnline.
Under the city's proposals, wireless internet coverage will extend to high-footfall locations and two council-owned housing developments in the Butetown area.
Users will be allowed to connect to the service free of charge for 30 minutes per day, while certain websites - such as council and tourism resources - will be free to browse at all times.
Internet service providers will be required to pay a nominal fee for the right to install wireless broadband infrastructure on items of street furniture.
In Cardiff Council's funding bid, leader of the local authority Heather Joyce wrote: "We view this project to be as exciting as the Victorian projects to create our industrial infrastructure."