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Free Public Wireless Internet Access Trial Goes Live in the UK City of York

Posted: 14th Nov, 2011 By: MarkJ
wi-fiThe City of York Council (CYC) has launched the first trial of a free public Wi-Fi zone along St Helen's Square and Coney Street. The wireless internet access service has been on the drawing board since CityFibre Holdings completed a £13.7 million fibre optic broadband network ( FTTP ) in the city (here) last month.

James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said:

"This is an exciting, innovative and dynamic proposal that positions York as one of only a handful of town and cities in the country offering free Wi Fi.

Internet access is now an essential part of our everyday working and private lives. Some cities on the continent provide free wi-fi access but very few do in the UK. The Digital York scheme is part of a step change in the ambition we have for the city and we hope that the initial trial will be successful and provide a real boost to local businesses, visitors and shoppers."

Several wireless access points have been strategically and discreetly located in the related areas. Each of the units connects back into the existing city-wide fibre network using a 5GHz wireless uplink, while public access will be delivered via the more traditional Wi-Fi standard (2.4GHz).

Local businesses will now be consulted on their views and experiences of the trial before a decision is taken about whether or not to extend the service city-wide, as originally planned. It's hoped that the free pilot will improve the city centre facilities for visitors, businesses and local people.
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