More Barnsley folk online in town centre

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Free internet access in Barnsley town centre is proving a hit with locals.

A survey has found the number of people using Barnsley town centre’s free wi-fi network is growing and the majority of people who use it are happy with the standard of the service.

Around 87.7 per cent of users rated the network, provided by firm AWTG, as either ‘convenient’ or ‘very convenient’.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesman for development, said: “I believe that both the council and AWTG, who supply the technology and the network, were ahead of the game in terms of showing how the public and private-sector can make the best use of each other’s resources in a way that meets all requirements on both sides.

“What’s more, in times of austerity and continuing pressures on our budget, doing so at nil cost to the council and, hence, nil cost to local residents, has to be applauded.”

People can log on to the network by searching for BarnsleyFreeWiFi in the town centre.

Coverage stretches from the bus interchange to the Alhambra centre and the town hall.

Residents must register first.