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Over 1000 public buildings across cities in the UK are to get free public Wi-Fi by March 2015 as part of the Government’s £150m SuperConnected Cities programme.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has today announced that over 1000 public buildings including museums, libraries, transport hubs and sporting facilities will begin to offer free Wi-Fi to members of the public over the coming months.

Some of these hubs have already gone live, while the remainders are reportedly on track to be fully-functional by March 2015.

The project has been backed by Ed Vaizey, the Digital Economy Minister, who has announced on the Department of Culture, Media & Sport’s website:

This project forms part of the Government’s £150m SuperConnected Cities programme – with the goal of providing UK cities with world-class connectivity in the digital age. As a registered provider on the Government’s Connection Vouchers Scheme – offering businesses in the UK’s 22 SuperConnected cities grants of up to £3000 to improve their internet speeds – Nomis Connections is working towards this goal too.

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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. These free hotspots will be instrumental in making UK cities even more appealing as places to not only do business, but to visit as well.[/quote]

Ed Vaizey – Digital Economy Minister