Free Wi-Fi extended into 20 Leeds community buildings

A leading digital skills programme being delivered by Leeds City Council will see free Wi-Fi made available at 20 community buildings across the region.With free Wi-Fi in most council buildings, the programme is now being extended into non-council community buildings with a particular focus on areas of the city where digital access and free public connectivity to the internet is currently limited.The move is part of the council’s commitment to supporting the 100 per cent Digital Leeds movement which aims to ensure that no one in the city is left behind, with the city leading the country in its tablet lending scheme, which helps more people develop their digital skills and benefit from being online.James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources and sustainability, said: “Digital inclusion, support and learning can make a significant difference to help tackle poverty, reduce inequalities and is very much in line with the council’s vision of a compassionate city with a strong economy.“I’m delighted that the extra investment from the Business Rates Fund will help us to support the 100 per cent Digital Leeds movement so that even more of our residents can benefit from being online. Freely accessible Wi-Fi has proved to be incredibly popular in council buildings, so we are excited to be able to offer it to even more people across the city and especially in areas where currently such free access and support is limited.”

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