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Lewisham Tackles the Digital Divide

7 July 2003

A new pilot project is using wireless technology to help residents of a Lewisham estate get online.

People taking part in Lewisham's "Community Network" on the Winslade Estate in New Cross are now able to surf the internet, use email and access their own community intranet.

Access to the wireless network, developed by Echo Communications and Avaya in conjunction with the Council is currently available to residents in four blocks on the estate who own a PC - all that is required to get on the internet is a wireless network card fitted into their computer.

The new service is expected to save residents at least £25 per month compared with other web providers.

Commenting on the project, Lewisham's Mayor, Steve Bullock said: "This is an excellent service which is, I believe, unique in London and local people have shown a real interest in getting online."

Lewisham Council hopes to expand the network to the rest of the estate soon, and working in partnership with the New Cross Gate New Deal for Communities, the London borough aims to make this the largest wireless project in the UK.

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