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Scarborough Harbour Gains FREE Wireless Broadband

Posted: 28th Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
Boat owners, businesses and local residents living near to Scarborough's South Bay Harbour can now benefit from free wireless broadband coverage thanks to FREEBAYwifi. As well as providing coverage for users along the "Sandside" area, the Wi-Fi range extends across the whole of Scarborough’s harbour and marina, bringing Internet access to the yachts, motor and fishing boats moored there:

John Senior of Scarborough’s South Bay Traders Association says, “Over the last few years cafes, hotels and other public areas have provided wireless internet access but have made a charge for the service. Now, our association has launched this initiative to fund and provide completely free broadband access.

Visiting business men and women can be in contact with their office and business world whilst enjoying lunch on the sea front, fishing boats and other seagoing craft can now get up-to-the-minute weather reports immediately before leaving harbour and the five and a half million tourists who visit the resort each year can obtain the latest information on Scarborough’s attractions.

Freebay Wifi is a superb example of how tradition meets technology, with Britain’s first ever coastal resort now providing the country’s first seafront with free broadband wifi access.
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Initially the network will be supplied by two broadband lines running at approximately 5Mbps, both with a contention ratio of 20:1 which means that the wireless access points will be able to each handle at least 50 simultaneous users.

Hardware costs have been jointly funded by Yorkshire Forward and South Bay Traders Association, with support for installation provided by G2 Security and Deepdale Computer Services. Internet connections have been funded by Corrigan's Amusements and the Golden Grid Restaurant.
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