The historic market town of Richmond is the newest destination to benefit from the launch of free public WiFi under a £ 3 million funding program.
North Yorkshire County Council, in partnership with NYnet Ltd, is launching the program in 16 market towns across the county to support the recovery and growth of communities and businesses.
A £ 3 million investment was granted by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of their government Getting Building Fund allocation.
The Green Howards Museum, located in the old Trinity Church in the center of Richmond Market Place, hopes the introduction of Wi-Fi will improve the visitor experience in the city.
Fiona Hall, Communications and Commercial Manager, said, “Anything that helps people get the most out of their visit to Richmond is welcome! The free Wi-Fi service helps visitors learn about the many attractions they can explore. from checking out websites to planning the previous day to orientation. “
County Council Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said, “Providing free Wi-Fi in our more rural cities like Richmond is really important to keeping residents connected and allowing tourists to get the most out of what the city has to offer.
“The project shows our commitment to improving the county’s digital infrastructure as we continue to recover from the pandemic.”
David Dickson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Local Business Partnerships in York & North Yorkshire, said, “The region has ambitions to become greener, fairer and stronger as we deal with the pandemic, and programs like this will help us get there.
“Digital connectivity is crucial for good economic growth, so we are very pleased with the continuous progress in the introduction of WLAN.”
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