But as councils offer public wi-fi, questions are being asked about how much citizens will use them and how sustainable they are.
City-wide wi-fi is the obvious next step from wi-fi hotspots, bringing them out of cafes and hotel lobbies to provide ubiquitous coverage in a town.
But some analysts claim that few citizens are using public wi-fi while other call for more cautious rollouts.
Companies such as BT and The Cloud are partnering with local governments in the UK to build city-wide wireless networks offering councils enhancements to public services and giving citizens the chance to connect to the web from wi-fi enabled devices.
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