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Southampton city centre wi-fi given go-ahead

Free wireless internet access is to be provided in parts of Southampton city centre.

The city council has given the go-ahead for a wi-fi scheme in waterfront, transport and shopping areas.

Council owned structures such as street lights will be used by service provider Arqiva to create the network.

Users will be able to access wi-fi for free for 30 minutes. The council said there is no cost to the authority and it would receive a "small income".

After the initial half hour, users will be able to pay for additional internet access, which will provide the city council its additional income.

Arqiva is working on similar schemes in Manchester and parts of London.

Southampton's wi-fi is due to be available within three months.

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