Jeremy Taylor with Yvonne Fortune (left) from the tourist information centre and Andrea Ward of Shoe Speak.
(L - R): Jeremy Taylor with Yvonne Fortune from the tourist information centre and Andrea Ward of Shoe Speak.

Yorkshire towns go online following public wi-fi roll-out

Three Yorkshire towns are celebrating access to the digital world thanks to the roll-out of free public access wif-fi.

Settle, Boroughbridge and Sherburn in Elmet have become a hive of digital activity following the investment by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

In partnership with NYnet, North Yorkshire County Council is rolling out the scheme in 20 market towns across the county in a bid to support recovery and growth for communities and businesses. The final town to benefit from the install is Harrogate later this month.

In Settle, the antenna has been installed on the recently refurbished Town Hall which is home to the tourist information centre, shop units and office space.

Jeremy Taylor, owner of the tourist information centre, said: “We are excited to partner to upgrade the free wi-fi network in Settle with fibre. We have been hosting the free wi-fi from the Town Hall for the last eight years and I know Settle’s visitors will appreciate the boost in speed.”

Robert Ling, assistant director for technology and change, committed: “We have started 2022 with optimism; the coronavirus restrictions around working from home have relaxed so we are hoping to see an increased footfall in our town centres. We know that the offer of free wi-fi in public spaces is drawing people into our town centres to both work and visit.

“Anybody visiting these three towns will now benefit from savings to their mobile data plans by accessing the internet for free with no time restrictions. We are nearing the end of the scheme which represents the latest investment to improve North Yorkshire’s digital infrastructure.”

David Dickson, chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure & Joint Assets Board, added: “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.”

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