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North Yorkshire council reveals Wi-Fi boost for seafront businesses

A Yorkshire council has announced a boost for seaside businesses as improved Wi-Fi is rolled out.

North Yorkshire County Council has announced that it is rolling out the new public access Wi-Fi scheme in 16 market towns across the county as it aims to support recovery and growth for local businesses.

The first phase of the scheme has been rolled-out across Scarborough’s seafront, with the second and third phases - in the town centre and shopping areas - launching later this summer.

Andrew Clay, CEO of Scarborough Museum Trust, commented: “The Rotunda Museum is in a prominent position but Scarborough Art Gallery located on the Crescent is often missed by the public.

“This is why we know we have to take our offering to the people – to where visitors and Scarborough residents congregate – a free public Wi-Fi service, in the areas identified in the three phases, would allow us to do that.

“We have been talking about creating a museum on the high street – almost like a mini taster or pop up – some sort of high street experience that introduces new audiences to our activities. I could see a free Wi-Fi service helping us to do that.

“We have seen a change in habits about how people work since Covid.

“People want a mix and match approach. A free Wi-Fi service which is robust and reliable throughout the town centre is even more reason for these businesses to remain in the middle of Scarborough.”

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