Harrogate councillors approve free public WiFi project

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Harrogate Borough councillors have given approval to a project to deploy free public Wi-Fi hotspots across the 6 major centres of the district, at a cabinet meeting held last week. The 'Harrogate Connectivity Project' will bring free online access 24-hours a day, for all, within the city centres of Ripon, Masham, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge, Knaresborough and Harrogate. The project also includes the development of a mobile app providing over the network smart parking, business opportunities and tourism. A deadline has been set for 2019, to provide the network in these areas, to coincide with the UCI Road Cycling World Championships arriving here.


Currently there is no availability of universally accessible Wi-Fi service within the district. The council believes this puts Harrogate at a disadvantage, as the nearby local authorities of Leeds and York have put public Wi-Fi in place. High streets need this basic offering to remain sustainable and for a city centre to remain competitive, in a digitally dominating and demanding world. It is believed tourism would be boosted by the project. Pictures posted online influenced younger people to visit places, according to research. Cabinet members welcomed the decision to roll-out Wi-Fi access, not only in Harrogate, but across the district.


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