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Gov Reaffirms BB Library Commitment
By: MarkJ - 29 January, 2004 (9:09 AM)

The government’s e-Commerce minister, Stephen Timms, speaking at ABC's conference, has reaffirmed an earlier commitment to bring broadband Internet access into libraries. Trials are expected to start 'soon':

High-speed wireless networks will be set up at a number of UK libraries as part of a government experiment into methods of increasing broadband coverage in remote and rural areas.

"Making every library into a Wi-Fi hot spot would be a good way of using rural libraries to extend broadband availability," Timms told the conference, which was organised by the Access to Broadband Campaign.

The minister for energy, e-commerce and postal services added that a series of pilot library hot spots are been planned by the Department of Trade and Industry in cooperation with other departments.

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