North Yorkshire’s public access Wi-Fi roll-out has been hailed a success with Harrogate becoming the final town to go live.
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and Harrogate Borough Council, in partnership with NYnet, has delivered the scheme in the district. Public access Wi-Fi in Knaresborough and Ripon was switched on last year.
The scheme has been rolled out in 20 market towns across the county in a bid to support recovery and growth for communities and businesses. Harrogate Borough Council has provided £300,000 to provide extra coverage across the district.
Robert Ling, Assistant Director for Technology and Change at NYCC, said: “Harrogate is one of the largest, busiest towns in North Yorkshire which boasts thriving businesses, tourist attractions and stunning gardens. Our hope is that the free Wi-Fi service will prove popular, as it is certain to boost the town’s digital infrastructure.
“We are proud to have successfully delivered the Wi-Fi scheme across 20 towns and thank all those who have had a hand in the roll-out. We have already seen high usage across these towns and we are sure the benefits will be felt for years to come.”
Matt Roberts, Harrogate Borough Council’s Economy and Transport Officer, said: “By providing free public spaces Wi-Fi it allows people of all ages to keep connected, look up local businesses and discover all that the Harrogate district has to offer. It also supports our economic growth strategy which aims to make the Harrogate district the best place to live, work and visit.
“This has already been rolled out in Knaresborough and Ripon and we’re equally excited to support this scheme in Harrogate town centre.”
Free public access Wi-Fi offers opportunities for people with limited or no broadband to access vital local council, government and health services and take part in the digital economy.
A £3.6m investment was awarded by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of its allocation from the government’s Getting Building Fund.
David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure & Joint Assets Board, said: “This whole programme of work to improve digital infrastructure in North Yorkshire is really important for the region. It will support York and North Yorkshire in becoming a greener, fairer and stronger economy.”
From a press release originally published by NYCC.
Further information about the Getting Building Fund and Northern Powerhouse.