BT has launched a new broadband solution aimed at housing associations looking to offer “cost-effective” web access to their tenants.
Landlords have the option of sharing the internet connection between residents and recharging them on a per home basis, or deploying WiFi around the building, a solution which could appeal to owners of care homes.
Because the housing association pays BT, tenants will be able to get online without having to pass a credit check or enter into a long-term contract.
The new offering has been developed as part of BT’s Connected Society programme which aims to help people to develop the skills and confidence they need to make the most of the internet.
Graham Sutherland, CEO at BT Business, said: “There are currently 6.4 million adults in the UK that have never used the internet, with 4.1 million of those in social housing.
“This not only affects their employment prospects and access to education, but also how they gain access to essential services.
“As a result, it’s crucial that they have access to go online – and that’s why we’re working with housing associations to help ensure those on low incomes or who are unemployed, elderly or disabled have access to the internet.”