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Faster City launches free WiFi network in Hereford City Centre

21st November, 2016

Visitors and businesses in Hereford will now be able benefit from free WiFi access across the city centre thanks to Faster City. The new network has been launched by Hereford City Life and is a joint partnership Fastershire broadband project, allowing shoppers and businesses access to the internet at no cost and without restrictions on time.

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Simultaneous use

With a slow internet connection you can have problems doing more than one thing at a time online. With faster broadband the whole family can be online doing homework, watching iPlayer, keeping in touch with friends on Skype or Facetime and doing the weekly shop all at the same time without any time delay or frozen screen.

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Work from home

Working from home can now be as fast and effective as working from the office. This could save you time and money, as well as helping you to achieve a better work life balance. With faster broadband you could even consider setting up your own business from home as you would have the world class connectivity that could give you the edge.

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Keep files in the cloud

Store photos, documents, music and videos online in the cloud rather than on the computer at home. Your files will be kept safe and you can access them anywhere. Fast upstream speeds mean backing up files is done in the blink of an eye.


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Stream films & TV shows in seconds

With faster broadband you can download the latest blockbuster before the kettle has boiled or watch your favourite TV show online instantly.

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Take an online learning course

With faster broadband you can study online with flexible hours and video tutorials that work immediately.

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Maintain independence

New telecare services mean that people who are unwell, have a disability or older people can stay safe and independent at home.


Stream films & TV shows in seconds

Did you know that you can now access a whole host of council services and information online, such as reporting a pothole, paying your council tax, finding out when your rubbish or recycling will be collected and checking library opening times?

Visit: Do it online in Herefordshire Visit: Do it online in Gloucestershire


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Grant funding to help community organisations, groups and clubs in Herefordshire

Local community organisations, groups, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations in Herefordshire can apply for up to £2,500 funding to arrange internet support and training so that local people can make the most of the benefits of going online.

Click here for further information and an application form or email go-online@fastershire.com

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Free 'Introduction to the Internet' sessions for communities in Herefordshire

Do you know of a group or club in your community in Herefordshire who would like to find out more about using the internet and the benefits of going online? Fastershire can arrange for a tutor to bring laptops and tablets to the group’s usual meeting place, or another venue with internet access, to demonstrate how to send emails, search for information about the local area, or shop or pay bills online, and then support them to ‘have a go’ themselves. To find out more please email go-online@fastershire.com. These free sessions could lead to a longer course for those who are interested in developing their skills at going online.

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Online Training Resources

The Go ON Local website (www.local.go-on.co.uk) has a whole host of useful resources for finding out more about computers and the internet so that you can engage and support your local community get more from going online.

Learn My Way (www.learnmyway.com) is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.  We also have a whole host of training guides here that you can download for your own learning or to use when training someone else.

Visit the 'Learn My Way' website
Computer Training in Herefordshire

There are many organisations across Herefordshire who regularly offer computer courses and support for beginners as well as those who have some IT experience. Information about just some of the training currently offered is available here.

If you would like to be contacted about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please register here and we will send you details when they notify us that more have been arranged.

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

Click here to view FTTP providers >


Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) Providers







Fibre to the premises (FTTP) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is one of the world's most cutting edge types of fibre broadband with blistering speeds of up to 330Mbps and 1000Mbps.

If you get enabled with FTTP, you can order it through one of the following Service Providers.

We'll update this page as more ISPs start to offer FTTP.




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Faster Events

8 May 2017
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FREE Beginners' Guide to the Internet (five week course)

Learn how to send email, search for information, stay safe, shop online, use social media and more, with the help of a friendly and helpful tutor. We will have computers there for you to ‘have a go’ and discover the wonders of the internet.

 

Location: Hereford Library, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU

Date: Monday 8th May 2017

Time: 10:30-12:30

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15 May 2017
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FREE Beginners' Guide to the Internet (five week course)

Learn how to send email, search for information, stay safe, shop online, use social media and more, with the help of a friendly and helpful tutor. We will have computers there for you to ‘have a go’ and discover the wonders of the internet.

 

Location: Hereford Library, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU

Date: Monday 15th May 2017

Time: 10:30-12:30

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16 May 2017
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Absolute Beginners' Guide to Social Media

Find out how to create Facebook and Twitter accounts, connect with people and control what people can see about you. We will have computers there for you to ‘have a go’ and discover how to keep in contact with friends and family using social media

 

Location: Kington Library, The Kington Centre, 64 Bridge Street, Kington, HR5 3DJ

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2017

Time: 10:00-12:00

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22 May 2017
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FREE Beginners' Guide to the Internet (five week course)

Learn how to send email, search for information, stay safe, shop online, use social media and more, with the help of a friendly and helpful tutor. We will have computers there for you to ‘have a go’ and discover the wonders of the internet.

 

Location: Hereford Library, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AUH

Date: Monday 22nd May 2017

Time: 10:30-12:30

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5 Jun 2017
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FREE Beginners' Guide to the Internet (five week course)

Learn how to send email, search for information, stay safe, shop online, use social media and more, with the help of a friendly and helpful tutor. We will have computers there for you to ‘have a go’ and discover the wonders of the internet.

 

Location: Hereford Library, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU

Date: Monday 5th June 2017

Time: 10:30-12:30

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8 Jun 2017
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Staying Safe Online

Whether its computer viruses, Trojan horses, phishing attacks, spam emails or cybercrime this friendly, FREE and informal training session will help you keep you and your family safe online.

 

Location: Ross-on-Wye Library, Cantilupe Road, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7AN

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017

Time: 10:00-12:00

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26 Jun 2017
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Absolute Beginners' Guide to Social Media

Find out how to create Facebook and Twitter accounts, connect with people and control what people can see about you. We will have computers there for you to ‘have a go’ and discover how to keep in contact with friends and family using social media

 

Location: Hereford Library, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU

Date: Monday 26th June 2017 ~ Tuesday 16th May 2017

Time: 10:30-12:30

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Faster broadband is being rolled out across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire between now and the end of 2018. It is not possible to flick a switch to make every area go live on the same day, so some areas will go live before this. Register your interest today and we will keep you in the loop about developments in your fibre broadband status.