Free public access Wi-Fi has been rolled out in Selby.
North Yorkshire County Council, in partnership with NYnet, is rolling out the scheme in 16 market towns across the county and Selby, Stokesley and Pickering are the latest towns to benefit from it. The work involves installing a small antenna and power box on streetlight columns which transmits the public Wi-Fi service. Free public access Wi-Fi has already been rolled-out in Northallerton, Leyburn, Scarborough, Ripon, Skipton, Malton, Richmond and Whitby. It offers opportunities for people with limited or no broadband to access vital local council, government and health services and take part in the digital economy. Ross Bullerwell, managing director at North Yorkshire Highways, added: “We have had the honour of working with NYnet on the installation of their free Wi-Fi scheme, bringing connectivity to many town centres across North Yorkshire. Being involved in such an important project demonstrates our commitment to improving infrastructure that extends past just roads and highways.”
The scheme aims to benefit local economies and allows businesses to promote their services online. “Our region has ambitions to become a greener, fairer, stronger economy and schemes like this will help us get there”, commented David Dickson, chair of the York and North Yorkshire local partnership infrastructure & joint assets board.
Richard Whitaker, business manager at North Yorkshire Highways and Alastair Taylor, deputy chief executive at NYnet installing public Wi-Fi. (23-12-61 SU)