20 Public Spaces to get Free Public Wi-Fi

As part of the Government's plans to increase free public wi-fi hotspots, Derby will see more than 20 locations receiving the upgrade.

Derby QUAD is one of over 20 spaces in the city to receive a free wi-fi hotspot upgrade.

Derby QUAD is one of over 20 spaces in the city to receive a free wi-fi hotspot upgrade.

Spaces include Derby QUAD, the Magistrates' Court, the Council House, Markeaton Park and Derby Bus Station and will help make Derby a more attractive place to live and work.

Backing the scheme, the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce's Chief Executive, George Cowcher said: "Access to high-speed, reliable broadband is absolutely crucial to the development, growth and success of our business. Greater access to free wi-fi will mean easier connectivity for businesses with people out and about in the city and create opportunities for potential customers to contact firms without having to connect to the internet through their mobile network provider, which can be costly if they don't have an unlimited data contract."

Marketing Derby's Managing Director, John Forkin said: "Public internet connections that are fast and free are becoming an essential part of any city toolkit for residents, workers and visitors. We have been receiving very positive reports on hotspots in central Derby, an important addition to our hi-tech credentials."

Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey said: "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 wi-fi in our cities is absolutely vital. I'm delighted this government scheme is on track. These free hotspots will be instrumental in making UK cities even more attractive as places to not only do business, but to visit as well."