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Yorkshire towns added to rural Wi-Fi rollout scheme to support local recovery

Three Yorkshire towns have been added to the county’s rural Wi-Fi rollout scheme in a bid to support recovery and growth for communities and businesses.

Catterick, Tadcaster and Thirsk are the latest towns to benefit from the introduction of free public access Wi-Fi.

In partnership with NYnet, North Yorkshire County Council, Wi-Fi was rolled-out in the first 12 towns last year and the service now boasts an average of 6,000 unique users per week.

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Turner, commander of Catterick Garrison, commented: “I am really pleased about the installation of public access Wi Fi in Catterick Garrison’s town centre.

“It will be a significant benefit for everyone who works, shops and visits there. This fits in very well with the wider plans that we are making in partnership with the County Council to develop and enhance our town centre.”

Don Mackenzie, county councillor, said: “We begin 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 look forward to the further roll-out of the scheme which represents the latest investment to improve North Yorkshire’s digital infrastructure.”

Free public access Wi-Fi 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.

A £3.6m investment was awarded by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of its allocation from the government’s Getting Building Fund.

David Dickson, chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure & Joint Assets Board, added: “Improved digital connectivity is vital for the region and will help us achieve ambitions of being a greener, fairer and stronger economy. It’s great to see the continued progress of this programme of work.”

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