Government to offer free wifi across 1,000 public buildings

More than 1,000 public buildings in cities across the UK are to offer free wifi hotspots, as part of a government programme.

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More than 1,000 public buildings in cities across the UK are to offer free wifi hotspots, as part of a government programme.

The programme is part of the government’s £150 million investment to transform the digital capability of UK cities, making them more attractive to visit, do business in and invest in.

Over the coming months, libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other buildings around the UK will begin to offer free wifi. Some have already gone live, and the remainder are on track to be up and running "as soon as March 2015", the government said.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said: “For business, visitors and the UK public, accessing wifi in our cities is absolutely vital. These free hotspots will be instrumental in making UK cities even more attractive as places to not only do business, but to visit as well.”

The UK cities involved are Aberdeen, Belfast, Brighton & Hove, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Derby, Derry, Edinburgh, Leeds, Bradford, London, Manchester, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth and Salford.

The government said locations of specific buildings are subject to change and relevant planning permission being obtained.

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