Council to provide wi-fi in city centre


A SCOTS council is to provide free wi-fi in public spaces.

Edinburgh City Council will offer internet users the chance to connect to the web in open spaces across the city centre.

The project is currently at an early stage but plans are to expand the network across the city.

Free wi-fi would be available in the Capital’s open spaces

The council made the announcement after receiving funding from Westminster to improve the Broadband network across the capital.

They aim to have more than 90% of Edinburgh residents and businesses with access to high speed broadband by 2015.

Officials will be given between £8 and £11 million pounds for their ‘Connected Capital’ programme.

Council bosses will meet later this year to discuss how the money will be spent, but plans will include the free wi-fi network as well as extending broadband to areas not covered by internet companies.

Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of the council, said: “Becoming a super-connected city will enable us to compete with the world’s top digital cities. Edinburgh is already a world class visitor destination and a great place in which to live, work, study and invest. This funding will help Edinburgh to attract new jobs and investment and will greatly enhance our offering as a digitally inclusive city.”