Capital set to roll out free public wi-fi

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THE city council has confirmed it will provide free wi-fi in the city centre thanks to a multi-million-pound grant.

Internet users in open spaces, including parts of the New Town and the Meadows, will be able to access the network after the Capital won a share of the UK Government’s Urban Broadband fund.

Edinburgh will be handed between £8 million and £11m for its Connected Capital programme.

The council says 90 per cent of Capital residents will have high-speed broadband access by 2015.

City council chief executive Sue Bruce said: “Becoming a super-connected city will enable us to compete with the world’s top digital cities.

“This funding will help Edinburgh to attract new jobs and investment.”