UK government to turn 1,000 buildings into free Wi-Fi spots


The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced plans to turn more than 1,000 public buildings across the country into free public Wi-Fi hotspots as part of the government’s Super-Connected Cities programme.

Museums, libraries, adult education facilities, civic centers, sporting complexes, transport hubs and business centers are among the buildings to get free Wi-Fi spots deployed as part of the government’s £150m initiative.

Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey welcomed the effort saying “The digital landscape of the UK is undergoing a period of tremendous improvement and is all part of the government’s long term economic plan. For business, visitors and the UK public, accessing WiFi in our cities is absolutely vital.

“I’m delighted this government scheme is on track. These free hotspots will be instrumental in making UK cities even more attractive as places to not only do business, but to visit as well.”

The Brighton Pavilion, the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, Manchester Town Hall and the British Museum in London are some of the notable buildings to be included in the scheme.

The scheme is on schedule and will hit the target of 1,000 connected buildings by March 2015, DCMS confirmed.

Aberdeen, Belfast, Brighton & Hove, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Derby, Derry, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London, Manchester, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth and Salford are among the UK cities to get free internet access under the scheme.