Cathedral WiFi blocks ‘salacious’ websites


Cathedral chooses external managed service but visitors will not be able to access ‘salacious’ websites

Visitors to Canterbury Cathedral will enjoy access to WiFi services following an agreement with provider Purple WiFi.

The cathedral had been looking for an alternative to its internally-managed service for a new cafe, which opened last month. It will be the first time a public WiFi service has been available at the cathedral.

Purple’s service allows almost any hardware device to access connectivity and the firm claims it removes the burden of regulatory requirements from customers.

“People expect free online access at public venues and businesses wherever they are but the industry has a responsibility to make sure that these venues are aware of legal compliance issues,” said Purple Wifi chief executive Gavin Wheeldon.

The cathedral has already taken measures to ensure that some content will be inaccessible. Access to “salacious or debasing” websites will be blocked.