18:52 07 July 2019
The Isle of Wight Council is committed to ensuring that the Island is digitally connected. Councillors recently approved the Isle of Wight Council’s Digital Island strategy, which focuses on developing digital skills and helping Islanders and businesses embrace digital living.
Digital Island is part of the council’s regeneration programme designed on address financial, economic and structural challenges on the Island.
Councillor Wayne Whittle, cabinet member for regeneration and business development, said: “Digital technology presents major benefits for Island communities, allowing them to be connected in a way that has not previously been possible.
“Our digital strategy will deliver growth within the economy, support improved digital and transport connectivity, education and skills and contribute to better health and social care services.”
The Island has been recently granted access to advanced broadband speeds following the roll-out of Gigabit Island programme. Digital technology is also already being used to help the elderly live independently at home, which significantly reduces their cost of residential or nursing care.