Developed as part of BT’s Connected Society programme, the service delivers an internet connection, which could include shared access between residents to reduce monthly rental costs, and an affordable device, as well as offering training and support for tenants.
Whilst the programme is aimed at housing associations, it could also work for other social housing providers, such as care homes.
As BT supplies the service to the housing provider, they can choose the best option for each facility – whether it’s charging on a per unit basis or making wi-fi available in communal areas, as in the case of care homes.
BT hopes the service will foster greater digital inclusion by getting more low-income and vulnerable groups online without them having to worry about credit checks or extra costs associated with broadband installation.
Wales and West Housing ICT head, Richard Troote, said "There are a number of drivers for us to provide internet at home to our residents, including the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit, which means people have to be online, or at least have access to the internet”. Earlier this year, uptake of the Universal Credit slowed to its lowest since its inception.
In Scotland, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish government worked with BT to provide Archos 97 Tablets and Samsung Google Chromebooks to allow 138 homes to access high speed wi-fi throughout the property.
The BT press release is here
Making broadband work for your tenants brochure here
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