Free wifi in York city centre

James Alexander

James Alexander

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YORK city centre now has free wifi as the city continues on its goal to become one of the best connected cities in Europe.

The first phase of a wifi programme has been rolled out across the city centre and park and ride terminals, allowing members of the public to access the network from any wireless device.

The wifi is being supplied by Pinacl Solutions and has been funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as part of York’s status as one of 22 Super Connected Cities.

The Super Connected Cities status also means businesses in the city can apply for vouchers to claim up to £3,000 towards the cost of accessing superfast broadband.

Cllr James Alexander, leader of City of York Council said: "This unique combination of city centre and strategic transport free Wi-Fi is a huge step forward in our ambitious digital plan to be one of the best connected cities in Europe by 2015.

"Having access to free Wi-Fi is essential for a thriving business community in today's marketplace. The network will also prove an invaluable resource in supporting the council's work to further understand and monitor how the city centre is used in order for the city to prosper and grow”.

The expansion of the public wireless coverage in York follows on from the success of a pilot wifi solution which Pinacl installed in Coney Street and St Helens Square, which received more than 1 million hits in its first three months of operation.

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8:46am Tue 8 Jul 14

York1900 says...

Free wifi in city centre that will be nice for visitors and the unemployed who can be on facebook, play games and making phone calls on Skype
Free wifi in city centre that will be nice for visitors and the unemployed who can be on facebook, play games and making phone calls on Skype York1900
  • Score: 3

8:51am Tue 8 Jul 14

Knavesmire view says...

York1900 wrote:
Free wifi in city centre that will be nice for visitors and the unemployed who can be on facebook, play games and making phone calls on Skype
And for our dear leader, who was moaning the other day about his network coverage and the possibility he might not be able to tweet about the Tour de France.
[quote][p][bold]York1900[/bold] wrote: Free wifi in city centre that will be nice for visitors and the unemployed who can be on facebook, play games and making phone calls on Skype[/p][/quote]And for our dear leader, who was moaning the other day about his network coverage and the possibility he might not be able to tweet about the Tour de France. Knavesmire view
  • Score: 9

8:54am Tue 8 Jul 14

York2000 says...

More positive news for York! Go on Press comments team, do your best to moan and groan about it.
More positive news for York! Go on Press comments team, do your best to moan and groan about it. York2000
  • Score: 7

8:56am Tue 8 Jul 14

stevenz23 says...

Free Wifi in the city of York is good news for everyone - even visitors and the unemployed are people.
Free Wifi in the city of York is good news for everyone - even visitors and the unemployed are people. stevenz23
  • Score: 23

9:13am Tue 8 Jul 14

Oaklands Resident says...

No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another.

More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard.

Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year.
No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another. More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard. Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year. Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 4

9:14am Tue 8 Jul 14

Pete the Brickie says...

York2000 wrote:
More positive news for York! Go on Press comments team, do your best to moan and groan about it.
Quite, but neither pay council tax here and as someone who does I'd rather my council collected my bins weekly, mended our roads and kept local recycling centres open before providing a "free" service to people who don't.
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: More positive news for York! Go on Press comments team, do your best to moan and groan about it.[/p][/quote]Quite, but neither pay council tax here and as someone who does I'd rather my council collected my bins weekly, mended our roads and kept local recycling centres open before providing a "free" service to people who don't. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: 23

9:16am Tue 8 Jul 14

magicadey says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another.

More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard.

Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year.
Erm I Have 4g coverage in York...
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another. More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard. Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year.[/p][/quote]Erm I Have 4g coverage in York... magicadey
  • Score: 21

9:22am Tue 8 Jul 14

mortimer897 says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another.

More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard.

Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year.
More important even than 4G in York is reliable 3G and mobile phone coverage everywhere else in North Yorkshire. *That* should be the phone companies' first priority; only when it's complete should they look at upgrading the "haves" to an even better service.
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another. More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard. Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year.[/p][/quote]More important even than 4G in York is reliable 3G and mobile phone coverage everywhere else in North Yorkshire. *That* should be the phone companies' first priority; only when it's complete should they look at upgrading the "haves" to an even better service. mortimer897
  • Score: 13

9:43am Tue 8 Jul 14

Knavesmire view says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another.

More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard.

Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year.
Depends what network you are on, O2 have 4G coverage in York already and reaches as far out as Dunnington and Poppleton.
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: No such thing as "free" WiFi. Its paid for by taxpayers one way or another. More interested in when 4G coverage will reach York? The City is behind other areas in this regard. Alexander quiet on that one and many other "fails" this year.[/p][/quote]Depends what network you are on, O2 have 4G coverage in York already and reaches as far out as Dunnington and Poppleton. Knavesmire view
  • Score: 8

9:49am Tue 8 Jul 14

Jim says...

Whereas 3G becomes patchy beyond Shipton and doesn't exist by the time you reach Huby.
Whereas 3G becomes patchy beyond Shipton and doesn't exist by the time you reach Huby. Jim
  • Score: 6

9:54am Tue 8 Jul 14

yorkie71 says...

I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area)
I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area) yorkie71
  • Score: 10

10:14am Tue 8 Jul 14

aalexus says...

Oaklands - All networks have 4G in York. In that regard York is far ahead of other towns in the North, big win for us...
Pete - The article says it's centrally funded by the gov't, if York didn't want it then it would be given to the likes of Swindon...
Mortimer - 4G covers more with less masts so is easier to roll out so the networks are concentrating on that now...
Jim - Unlucky. It'll improve soon...
Yorkie - Fibre would probably be quicker for you (if available)...
Oaklands - All networks have 4G in York. In that regard York is far ahead of other towns in the North, big win for us... Pete - The article says it's centrally funded by the gov't, if York didn't want it then it would be given to the likes of Swindon... Mortimer - 4G covers more with less masts so is easier to roll out so the networks are concentrating on that now... Jim - Unlucky. It'll improve soon... Yorkie - Fibre would probably be quicker for you (if available)... aalexus
  • Score: 8

10:29am Tue 8 Jul 14

courier46 says...

I see that the city is reaching for another goal,by that it means Alexander on his quest to destroy York and turn it into something it isn`t and should not be.I am the city as is each person who lives here and I am slowly seeing it get transformed and not in a good way.Cant wait to see the back of this lot!
I see that the city is reaching for another goal,by that it means Alexander on his quest to destroy York and turn it into something it isn`t and should not be.I am the city as is each person who lives here and I am slowly seeing it get transformed and not in a good way.Cant wait to see the back of this lot! courier46
  • Score: 3

11:08am Tue 8 Jul 14

Pedro says...

yorkie71 wrote:
I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area)
Phone your ISP you may be able to get a faster connection - but an engineer will have to call. Infinity is actually available beyond BT. Depends on your street box being upgraded.
[quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area)[/p][/quote]Phone your ISP you may be able to get a faster connection - but an engineer will have to call. Infinity is actually available beyond BT. Depends on your street box being upgraded. Pedro
  • Score: 5

12:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Stevie D says...

yorkie71 wrote:
I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area)
How old is your router? I switched ISP a couple of years ago and got a new router as part of the deal, and the speed more or less doubled immediately.
[quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area)[/p][/quote]How old is your router? I switched ISP a couple of years ago and got a new router as part of the deal, and the speed more or less doubled immediately. Stevie D
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Tue 8 Jul 14

tessah-York says...

My frustration lies in that it does appear to be aimed at tourists or those that use Park & Ride. For residents, unless we are wandering around city centre - its of very little use. I would rather the money be used in other core services that are being eroded by the present council - rubbish collection, recycling etc. Why haven't they installed wifi on the standard buses that residents use? Why only P&R?
My frustration lies in that it does appear to be aimed at tourists or those that use Park & Ride. For residents, unless we are wandering around city centre - its of very little use. I would rather the money be used in other core services that are being eroded by the present council - rubbish collection, recycling etc. Why haven't they installed wifi on the standard buses that residents use? Why only P&R? tessah-York
  • Score: -1

12:46pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

In the light of the "nothing is free... taxpayers etc" comments, perhaps this should have been rolled out as "Open WiFi" instead?


Aren't the usual moaners funny?
Cos yeah, James Alexander is responsible for mobile networks' coverage, just like he's responsible for every bad thing that has ever happened or will happen in York.
And oh goshdarnit those freeloading visitors, coming here and using our facilities and never ever opening their wallets for anything!
In the light of the "nothing is free... taxpayers etc" comments, perhaps this should have been rolled out as "Open WiFi" instead? Aren't the usual moaners funny? Cos yeah, James Alexander is responsible for mobile networks' coverage, just like he's responsible for every bad thing that has ever happened or will happen in York. And oh goshdarnit those freeloading visitors, coming here and using our facilities and never ever opening their wallets for anything! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 2

1:06pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Elephant says...

Users should be aware that Pinacl are collecting data on users, their locations, movements and search habits and selling that information back to the Council and other users (retailers, etc). Remember: if it's 'free' then you are the product.
Users should be aware that Pinacl are collecting data on users, their locations, movements and search habits and selling that information back to the Council and other users (retailers, etc). Remember: if it's 'free' then you are the product. Elephant
  • Score: 7

1:25pm Tue 8 Jul 14

TheTruthHurts says...

yorkie71 wrote:
I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area)
Did you have a device connected by a cable to the router when you did the speed test? A common issue is that the broadband is fine but the wifi gets a lot of interference.
[quote][p][bold]yorkie71[/bold] wrote: I just wish I got better broadband than 1.8mb (Fulford not a rural area)[/p][/quote]Did you have a device connected by a cable to the router when you did the speed test? A common issue is that the broadband is fine but the wifi gets a lot of interference. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 5

1:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

BL2 says...

York2000 wrote:
More positive news for York! Go on Press comments team, do your best to moan and groan about it.
What exactly is positive about it? Most people have mobile networks they can use for internet or fixed lines. Plenty of coffee shops and other places provide free wifi. Why should tax payers fork out for this?
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: More positive news for York! Go on Press comments team, do your best to moan and groan about it.[/p][/quote]What exactly is positive about it? Most people have mobile networks they can use for internet or fixed lines. Plenty of coffee shops and other places provide free wifi. Why should tax payers fork out for this? BL2
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Tue 8 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

Can I get a gps tracker for my bike, in case I get lost....?

Actually I'm rather worried about a further increase in pedestrians who step off footpaths with eyes glued to their little screens, straight into the path of road users............
Can I get a gps tracker for my bike, in case I get lost....? Actually I'm rather worried about a further increase in pedestrians who step off footpaths with eyes glued to their little screens, straight into the path of road users............ pedalling paul
  • Score: -7

3:53pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Mr. Marcus says...

Yet another legacy for Alexander-NOT!
There is nothing FREE in York, as we know.
His next job with be in Ryanair, no doubt!
Yet another legacy for Alexander-NOT! There is nothing FREE in York, as we know. His next job with be in Ryanair, no doubt! Mr. Marcus
  • Score: 6

4:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Redcap198 says...

Mr. Marcus wrote:
Yet another legacy for Alexander-NOT!
There is nothing FREE in York, as we know.
His next job with be in Ryanair, no doubt!
Please, don't let him go to RyanAir, I use them regularly and it's a great service, if JA gets near them and I guess his sidekick could be a trolley dolly, that would ruin even RyanAirs image
[quote][p][bold]Mr. Marcus[/bold] wrote: Yet another legacy for Alexander-NOT! There is nothing FREE in York, as we know. His next job with be in Ryanair, no doubt![/p][/quote]Please, don't let him go to RyanAir, I use them regularly and it's a great service, if JA gets near them and I guess his sidekick could be a trolley dolly, that would ruin even RyanAirs image Redcap198
  • Score: 3

9:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

I am not a fan of Alexander, but he is right on this one, City wide wi-fi is a mega idea.
However most pubs, coffee shops and Mc Donalds already provide it for free. Still it is a good idea, however they block certain types of sites that they do not agree with, I do not like my internet choices to be censored by Local Government.
I am not a fan of Alexander, but he is right on this one, City wide wi-fi is a mega idea. However most pubs, coffee shops and Mc Donalds already provide it for free. Still it is a good idea, however they block certain types of sites that they do not agree with, I do not like my internet choices to be censored by Local Government. eeoodares
  • Score: -1

3:00am Thu 10 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

it'll be useful the next time my Virgin Media connection goes down the pan again
it'll be useful the next time my Virgin Media connection goes down the pan again Magicman!
  • Score: 0

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