Free public Wi-Fi hotspots are coming to Beverley town centre

There’ll be free Wi-Fi access for Beverley’s shoppers, the same as what’s available already in Hull, before the end of June - just in time for the town’s summer festivals…

Residents and visitors to the East Yorkshire market town Beverley will soon have access to high-speed wireless broadband completely free of charge.

Local broadband provider KC's installing free Wi-Fi hotspots in Beverley town centre, like the ones already operating just a few miles away in Hull city centre.

Thousands are expected to flock to Beverley's festivals over the summer and it's hoped that KC's free Wi-Fi - due to be switched on by the end of June - will let everyone get online and stay connected in the town's many restaurants, cafes and bars.

It'll cover the whole town centre from North Bar and Toll Gavel to Butcher Row.

Helen Watson, Beverley Town Council's town clerk, said: "Beverley's not only steeped in history and blessed with some stunning historic attractions, but also offers a string of festivals and events throughout the summer, which draw many people to the town.

"These visitors, and our local residents, are increasingly carrying laptops, tablets and smartphones and want to be able to get online. "

It's worked out pretty well for the council, who haven't had to fork out a dime because the whole thing's being funded out of KC's pocket. To help it claw back a bit of its investment, there'll be a charge that applies after the first 20 minutes you're connected.

However, if you've got KC home broadband - the only such service available to most East Riding households - you can log in with your customer account details and use the free Wi-Fi in line with your KC usage limit.

If you don't live in the East Riding of Yorkshire, you probably have a lot more choice when it comes to picking a broadband provider.

Most of the big guns, including BT and Sky, now offer free Wi-Fi access - at wireless hotspots in public places across the UK - as part of their home broadband packages.

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