York’s CityConnectWiFi has expanded its digital infrastructure to reach the region’s famous high street, Bishopthorpe Road.
Winning the High Street of the Year award back in 2015, the area is renowned for its independent shops, restaurants and businesses lining the colourful high street. This digital milestone incorporates the area in the city-wide wireless network.
York’s city centre wireless connection is available 24/7, 365 days of the year, and is completely free to use. The expansion of CityConnectWiFi comes at no cost to the city’s council and helps to further develop York as a digital city. The network allows those who live, visit and work in the area to access the network from their phone, tablet or any other wireless device. CityConnectWiFi is already established across the city centre, at all 6 of the city’s Park & Ride bus terminals, in addition to public wifi available in 14 libraries and 41 council owned buildings.
Councillor Peter Dew, Executive Member with responsibility for digital infrastructure gladly welcomes the expansion. “It’s such brilliant news that York’s city centre WiFi has now expanded to reach Bishopthorpe Road. Access to the network will really benefit such a key part of the city with a rich history of entrepreneurship and a hub for city visitors. Bishy Road is already a popular place for visitors and residents and our free WiFi will only add to the experience.”
The developments have also been praised by the Chair of Bishopthorpe Road Traders’ Association and local businessman, Pete Kilbane, “Bringing CityConnectWiFi beyond the city walls to Bishy Road is a brilliant development. It means that people in the street can access the internet completely free of charge. That’s great news for residents, visitors, shoppers, workers and traders. It’s connectivity that brings people together, and when people get together good things can happen. We’re really pleased that it is up and running and everyone can be logged on in time for our big street party on Sunday 17 June.”
As one of only 22 Super Connected Cities in the UK, this expansion of CityConnectWiFi is one of many initiatives which have taken place over the past few years to further York’s digital infrastructure.