Virgin Media announced a new program the company is initiating in the small town of Chesham, England. In order to provide the town’s populace with high-speed Wi-Fi, Virgin is installing “discreet street furniture” devices that connect directly to Virgin’s fiber network, furnishing “ultra-fast Wi-Fi via a submerged access point beneath a specially developed resin cover.” The town, in effect, will host its own hotspot from underneath its sidewalks.


According to Virgin, the program, dubbed the “Smart Pavement Project,” will dramatically boost Chesham’s connection rates from an average of 11.8 Mbps to a robust 166 Mbps, seven times faster than the typical UK broadband speed. The network connections are said to be good up to 260 feet from the main sidewalk, covering Chesham’s park and downtown district.

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