Plan to introduce free wi-fi in Tralee is delayed

A PLAN to introduce free wi-fi in Tralee town centre has been delayed after concerns were raised by a business about online security and hacking, according to Tralee Chamber Alliance (TCA).

TCA CEO Kieran Rutledge said the plan has been delayed after concerns were raised by one business whose premises is seen as vital to the creation of the network.

The ideal location to locate the main wi-fi server needed to run the network had been found but the owner of the building, who had initially agreed to allow a server be placed in the premises, has since become concerned about online security and the potential for hacking Mr Ruttledge said.

The owner of the building is currently seeking more information and assurances on security and data protection from service provider BitBuzz.

If and when the free wi-fi is introduced in the town centre, users will be able to log on to the network for free for 15 minutes with a nominal charge applied thereafter.

Mr Rutledge said the chamber will continue to try and progress the plan and he hopes to have positive news early in the new year.


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