(L - R): Richard Whitaker, business manager at NY Highways and Alastair Taylor, deputy chief executive at NYnet at the Stokesley installation.
Matthew Neville

Three North Yorkshire towns are next to receive free public Wi-Fi service

Selby, Stokesley, and Pickering are the latest towns to benefit from the introduction of a free public access Wi-Fi service.

North Yorkshire County Council, in partnership with NYnet, is rolling out the scheme in a total of 16 market towns across the county. It aims to support recovery and growth for communities and businesses by drawing people back into town centres as a destination.

The installation is a collaborative effort between the County Council’s Brierley Group companies NYnet and NY Highways, as well as its Business and Environmental Services and traffic management teams.

Alastair Taylor, deputy chief executive at NYnet, said: “NYnet has provided the network but working with other teams has meant that we have been able to keep the needs of residents, businesses and visitors at the heart of our plans ensuring we can enable coverage in the highest footfall areas.”

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.

County councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for Access, said: “The free Wi-Fi project for our town centres has made remarkable progress this year to the great benefit of local economies.”

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