Free public Wi-Fi has been successfully launched in this North Yorkshire town as part of a county's bid to support recovery and growth.

The centre of Whitby will now receive free public Wi-Fi asa North Yorkshire County Council, in partnership with NYnnet Ltd, is rolling out the scheme in 16 market towns across the county.

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In the last four weeks, over 14,000 people have made use of it with Saturdays proving the busiest day on average.

Reportedly those 14,000 users have consumed enough data to watch 97 hours of Netflix, spend 53 days on Facebook or spend 1,649 hours on Google maps.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: "We hope that residents and visitors will make the most of the free Wi-Fi service across the seaside town.

"It’s easy to use; once you’re connected it will automatically sign you in on further visits.

“Digital connectivity is more important than ever for our businesses to unleash their economic potential.

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"Having an online presence is key to showcase their products or services, and a good connection is vital for day-to-day operations such as ordering stock.”


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