German Protestant churches launch Internet access services called 'Godspots'

(Photo: © Peter Kenny / Ecumenical News)Berlin's Holy Cross Church Protestant Church on Aug 27, 2015.

Protestant churches in the Berlin and Brandenburg area of Germany have launched an online and poster campaign for "Godspot" a free Wi-Fi service they are offering to help people connect.

"Our free offer is available to an increasing number of churches in Berlin and Brandenburg, please pay attention to our posters.

Churches belonging to the EKD (Evangelical Church of Germany), with Reformed Protestant and Lutheran adherents decided on May 13 to equip churches with Wi-Fi hotspots.

The Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Oberlausitz (EKBO) said the offer named "godspot" is first being installed in some 220 churches in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Fabian Blatner, IT manager for the EKBO says: "People are no less spiritual than before. But the places of communication have shifted much takes place in digital social networks and communities.

"With godspot we want to build a safe Protestant church that is a familiar abode in the digital world."

The WLAN can be used inside and outside the church building by visitors and passers and  registration is not necessary.

The goal is all 3,000 churches and church buildings in EKBO godspot to provide Wi-Fi access for people.

Users of the free Wi-Fi are first taken to a page that contains information about the building and to the community as well as on the topics of faith and life.

From there, they can move around freely on the Internet.

The service is free of charge to users and it is not associated with advertisers and does not disclose private information.

Among the first churches to get connected will be Berlin's French Cathedral on the central Gendarmenmarkt square, and the city's iconic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

The Internet Society says that in 2016 a total of 88 percent of the population or 71,016,605 are Internet users.

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