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To: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

#OperationWiFi – Free, open WiFi network connecting communities during Covid-19

#OperationWiFi – Free, open WiFi network connecting communities during Covid-19

We want Government and partners in digital infrastructure to create an open and free to use wireless network to enable people in low income communities to get online. At a time of social disconnection people need to get online to be able stay connected during the current national crisis. #OperationWiFi

Why is this important?

* 2.73 million people are completely offline due to low income
* 14.2 million people are limited users because they cannot afford access on a regular basis (source: Digital Nation 2019 - Good Things Foundation)

We are hearing stories of the implications for low income families not being able to get online. Stories include people struggling with access to welfare claims and registrations, school learning and being able to connect with family, friends and relatives.

See: www.operationwifi.co.uk

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Reasons for signing

  • Not having digital access means it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to make appointments with a doctor, continue with counselling, apply for jobs, keep up with your friends, join in with neighbourhood activities and contribute to society.
  • I know people struggling due to lack of work and in university
  • Wife is a commodity that families wont be able to afford if they can barely provide food for their children.

Updates

2020-04-01 09:30:02 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-30 10:52:37 +0100

https://youtu.be/hReK8hcF5iA

2020-03-21 15:50:41 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-03-21 09:51:11 +0000

We launched http://www.operationwifi.co.uk to start to highlight the impact of being offline through people’s stories

2020-03-19 23:19:35 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-03-19 19:23:03 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-03-19 16:53:42 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-03-19 16:17:55 +0000

10 signatures reached