TeamRock Radio breakfast duo Moose and JRock have started a government petition to get free WiFi enabled across the UK.
The station believes that the UK Government should start the process of developing free internet access, nationwide, with the creation of ‘super WiFi’ networks, through providers such as EE, Three T-Mobile, O2 and Virgin coming together.
Other countries, such as South Korea, already enjoy these benefits. Their Communications Commission launched a joint project with telecommunication service providers, the aim of which was to offer free Wi-Fi in public areas.
JRock is flying to Seoul on 7th July, courtesy of British Airways, to test how good their free national Wi-Fi really is. He’ll be using their “Public WiFi Free” service to try and navigate around the capital and find out more about the tourist hotspots, before flying home the next day.
He told RadioToday: “I believe that wherever you are in the UK, you should be able to log on to the internet. This initiative could also be supported by advertising to make it a commercial venture with users having to watch a 15 second video per hour before access is authorised. The UK needs to be leading the way, and this could be a great opportunity”.
Breakfast Show Host & Head of Radio at TeamRock, Moose, added: “TeamRock Radio believes if you simply try to catch the leader you will never get ahead.
“The future of all content delivery lies in mobile connections and in relative terms, the UK is well behind countries like South Korea. If the UK aspires to develop a competitive edge we must not aspire to emulate but rather surpass what countries like South Korea are doing. Free Wi-Fi for all would be a significant step forward for the country and all people who live within.”
TeamRock Radio needs 100,000 signatures on its e-petition for the subject to be discussed in the House of Commons. Virgin Media has already supplied free WiFi to the Underground so the idea is already in practice with the potential roll it out on a larger scale.