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Sorry if I don’t share Mr Heggie’s positive spin but I find his comments naive and, frankly, nonsense and, strangely his statement is almost word for word the same as Chair of the Lochaber Committee, Councillor Andrew Baxter’s (apart from Fort William seems to have many thousands of visitors) statement in the press release on the Highland Council News page. Who’s been putting words in their mouths?But enough of the conspiracy theories, let’s get back to the reality. Woopi doo, free wifi in the High Street. According to UK Government minister, Lord Duncan “Digital connectivity isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity”. A statement I fully agree with but how exactly is free wifi in Nairn town centre going to help locals with digital connectivity and increase digital inclusion? It’s great that there is free wifi but, realistically, how practical is it? I’m sure the vision is of someone sitting in a cafe, sipping a trendy wee cappuccino and accessing their favourite web pages or social media – that’s assuming they have a portable device and haven’t dragged their old desktop pc into Ashers. Over a 24 hour period how many people, digitally excluded or otherwise, are anywhere near the High Street? Let’s face it the High Street has, apart from takeaways, very little to offer anyone after 5 o’clock at night and most places are shut. There isn't even a sheltered place where they could go and avail themselves of the service, they could sit on one of the seats in Castle Lane or the corner of Leopold Street, fine when the weather is good but what about when it's wet, cold and dark? Now, not only are they digitally excluded, they’re suffering from hypothermia! Will there be hordes of local folk patrolling up and down the High Street at all hours of the day or night posting photo’s of Nairn or looking for jobs and accommodation? I don’t know what the object of this roll out is, it’s an idea which, to be honest, is dated and has been overtaken by technological advances such as smart phones where most folk are able to access the information they want in the comfort of their own homes or holiday accommodation and not have to wander about looking for free wifi. Yes, it will benefit a few people but the money might have been better spent giving everyone a phone and broadband contract and creating a web presence and individual web sites for local business’s or organisations.I’ve also heard that the next big thing coming down the track is Nairn’s very own version of a Pokeman Go type app. Woo hoo, Nairn is joining the 21st century. This could be a great idea but it would need to be continually maintained, invested in and updated. Otherwise I fear this would be a fad which would have a brief flurry of interest but would go the way of many fads such as Hula hoops, Clackers, Marbles, Skipping, Tamagotchis, Rubik cubes, Loom bands and Fidget spinners and folk would move on to the next big thing.That's the problem with the next big thing, you have to be quick or you'll miss it and because of the nature of the bureaucracy of local and national governments, sadly they frequently do.
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