Free public access Wi-Fi goes live in Malton market place

This story was published 5 November 2021

The popular market town of Malton, renowned for its regular markets and food festival, is the latest destination to reap the benefits of free public access Wi-Fi.

Person using free wifi

In partnership with our wholly owned Teckal company NYnet Ltd, we are rolling out the scheme in 16 market towns across the county in a bid to support recovery and growth for communities and businesses.

Town centre public Wi-Fi is an opportunity to draw people back to local town centres as a destination as more people continue to work from home. It aims to promote local shops and services and create a different town centre experience.

Free public access Wi-Fi offers opportunities for people with limited or no broadband to access vital local council, government and health services and take part in the digital economy.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “Our free public Wi-Fi project has enabled everybody in our town centres to get the most out of their visits from finding out about the nearest tourist attractions to the local businesses they can support.

“Following on from the successful introduction of this free service in other parts of the county, people in Malton will now benefit from this latest investment in North Yorkshire’s digital infrastructure."

A £3m investment was awarded by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership as part of its allocation from the government’s Getting Building Fund. 

David Dickson, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure & Joint Assets Board, said: “Improved digital connectivity is essential to help our regional economy become greener, fairer and stronger. It’s great to see the continued progression of this scheme.”