Southampton will be one of the first cities in the south to become wireless.
The go ahead has been given to install Wi-Fi technology in busy locations. It will allow residents and visitors to access the internet while out and about.
The project will start in the city centre, waterfront and key transport corridors.
Access will be free for a period of 30 minutes each day, with a paid service available after that.
“I’m delighted that Southampton is well on the way to becoming a leading digital city with residents and visitors soon able to have free access to the internet in a range of locations. There are a great many potential social and economic benefits to the city in providing such a service, and it aligns with our priority to promote Southampton and attract investment.”
Work is expected to start on the scheme within the next three months.
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